Tim Denning
Aussie Blogger with 100M+ views — Writer for CNBC & Business Insider. Inspiring the world through Personal Development and Entrepreneurship. www.timdenning.com

When super successful people get revealed as human beings, it’s a beautiful moment in history.

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When super successful people get revealed as human beings, it’s a beautiful moment in history.

Many people have idolized Tim Ferriss. They’ve seen him as some kind of superhuman experimenter who can do no wrong.

Recently, we saw the real Tim Ferriss in all his glory.

The podcast episode that revealed his childhood trauma was hard to listen to. I shed many tears through much of the episode and felt all sorts of emotions. Tim describes it as “the most important podcast episode” he has ever published (I agree).

What happened to Tim Ferriss?

From the age of two to four years old he was sexually abused by the 12 year old son of his babysitter. The abuse happened at such a young age that Tim had completely forgotten the whole experience. But his life was full of tiny signs that something was wrong. …

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Your goal in life doesn’t matter if you don’t get people to feel what you do.

As a writer for the past six years, I’ve had countless people reach out to me who try and find some hidden mythical talent.

But my talent sucks. I don’t know how to write and that’s my giant secret.

In singing, there are cover singers and there are artists. A singer can sing a song created by someone else and imitate them perfectly. They can hit all the notes and their voice sounds stunning.

An artist is different from a singer. They can sing a song and make you feel it. It’s an odd feeling because on the surface both kinds of singers are singing exactly the same thing. …

But it can be life-changing if done the right way.

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Content that sells the fantasy of financial freedom makes me vomit.

It’s a lie.

The dream life of financial freedom portrayed online leaves out all the important parts. The benefit of financial freedom is you don’t have to work for money anymore so you can focus on work you love.

It’s a great feeling. But there’s a lot more to it. How do I know? I’ve done it.

I’ve made more than $300K as a writer and don’t have to work another day in my life if I choose.

Yet, despite the financial freedom fantasy, I am working harder than I have ever worked. …

If you hate it, outsource it.

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Becoming financially free is nothing more than a mindset.

The world is drowning in money. Governments are literally printing money out of thin air. You’re not stupid if you struggle financially.

Attracting money into your life comes down to how you think.

I spent my 20s always trying to get more money. …

Blanket investing philosophies without context are a destructive way to lose money.

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If I see another blog post telling people to invest in stocks or buy real estate, I’m going to vomit on my freshly polished, piano black dress shoes.

The blair witch is hiding in the fine print.

Where to put your money isn’t simple. If it was then we’d all be billionaires with a capital “B.” I read personal finance content all the time, written by people who have never worked in finance. It freaks me out.

You can lose everything you’ve ever worked for and become bankrupt if you don’t understand the basics of how money works and what factors to think about when investing. …

— And how to spot them.

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It scares me to death how people do not know what asset bubbles are.

Asset bubbles transfer wealth from those who don’t understand them to those who do. These assets bubbles go from one form of assets to another.

I never used to understand bubbles and it wrecked my ability to become financially free. I’d get caught up in the hype of asset bubbles rather than the reality of the fundamentals that explain the financial world.

To continue my obsession with simplicity when it comes to understanding money and investing, when I say assets I’m referring to stocks, bonds, gold, digital currencies, real estate, and cash. …

Heavily curated short sentences full of ideas to interrupt your programmed thinking that’s often stuck on auto-pilot.

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Naval Ravikant is the wise Gandhi of this era.

If Ryan Holiday was my stoic father then Naval Ravikant would be the father who made me feel like Luke Skywalker when he discovered “The Force.”

Don’t underestimate tiny quotes written by people like Naval who don’t seek attention, fame or popularity. A single sentence of text can be all it takes to get you out of your head and back into reality.

Naval manages to change how I think with his tweets. …

You get back your time through discipline.

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Busy is an infectious disease that could kill you.

A full calendar is no way to live your life. Gaps in the calendar bring out the best in you. They give you time to think, and create something from nothing.

When I meet people who have no time, I think of them like dead people — they’re alive in the flesh but dead inside.

You get back your time through discipline.

“No Scott I’m not attending that meeting because I am not saying anything and it doesn’t have relevance. …

According to one of the most popular Quora writers of all time

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There’s nothing ugly about earning a living as a writer.

You’re not a sell-out for wanting to write words and pay your water bill with them. I have recently stumbled across what can only be described as peculiar ways to make money as a writer. I’m fairly certain you haven’t heard of these ways to make money as a writer.

Messenger Apps to Sell Digital Products Rather Than Email Marketing

Email marketing has been around since the ‘90s. My grandpa was doing it in the back of his Toyota Camry.

I stumbled across this radical idea by accident. I launched my first online course. I decided that video and written content were a dime a dozen. …

“Create a digital product and sell it.”

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The best advice you will ever hear will probably pass you by.

You’ll hear a phrase that sets you up for life and ignore it. You’ll think you know better. Or worse, you’ll think the advice is too cliche.

That’s what happened to me. My friend from Perth gave me this advice back in 2014: “Create a digital product and sell it.”

My big ears didn’t hear what he said. It seemed obvious. Selling a digital product online is obvious — and most people never do it.

This is what I mean by a digital product:

  • An eBook
  • An online…

Generic, lifeless stories don’t get read

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Make the reader feel what you’re saying. This is the missing ingredient to most of what I read online.

I spent the morning reading dry, generic, lifeless stories. There were two stories that stopped me in my tracks, though.

One from Nicolas Cole contained this first paragraph:

“I left a voicemail saying, ‘Hey so you haven’t returned any of my calls and that doesn’t make me feel very good about giving you all my money, so if you could please give me a call back today that would be great. Thanks.’”

I read that paragraph and could feel the pain of his deception. …

Everything in life comes down to how you *choose* to think.

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The journey to charging money for something is a deeply psychological one.

Business is nothing more than charging money. It sounds easy on the surface. It’s not. You have to prepare your mind to cope with what will follow once you decide to charge money for your time, skills, or a product/service you’ve created.

Anybody can do it, but first you need to get your mind in order. Otherwise, you’ll quit far too soon, blame/complain to everybody, scream into the echo chamber of a Facebook Group, and give up. You’re better than that.

Why *not* you?

This is the seed to the thinking you need. The question “Why not you?” …

Dare to escape your bubble world.

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The dishes fell to floor when I heard this quote.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks said “It’s the people not like us that make us grow.” This is an uncomfortable thought. We spend our entire lives looking for people just like us so we can feel like we belong.

If you’re religious then hanging around an atheist seems “dangerous.” …

Spreading chaos is unacceptable.

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I don’t believe in the block button. There are better ways to deal with people you disagree with.

But I broke that rule today. For the first time ever, I blocked another writer.

They continually spread fear. They say that America is on fire. They write sensationalist headlines that your curious brain can’t avoid clicking. They bash everybody in politics.

Worst of all, they offer zero solutions.

They can describe chaos and the end of the world in perfect detail. The problem is they’re willing to do nothing about it other than play the immature game of spot the problem. …

Silence directs you to an even better opportunity. Told through a story of bullying and exclusion tactics.

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Have you ever sat down and thought about how powerful silence is?

It’s easy to get out of your chair and make a song and dance. It’s easy to blame and complain your way to feeling better. But it does absolutely nothing.

Seeking revenge doesn’t serve you. What if silence could do all the talking for you? Well it can.

A few years ago I was part of an account team at work. One of the customers we looked after decided to go out to the market and do an RFP (request for proposal aka tender).

About two months before, we were given the heads up that a tender was likely to occur. It was worth millions of dollars to our team. It could have made our year during a difficult period of growth for us. …

To understand what is going to happen to your money next.

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Inflation and deflation are a pain in the butt for most people to understand.

Finance is made out to be complex. Therefore, understanding the dollars you earn becomes complex, and as a result, you end up working harder and longer to earn them. What if you could understand finance better simply by understanding how money is created and destroyed? Well you can.

I learned not so long ago how dollars are created. …

A tribute with lessons that will leave you speechless and in tears.

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I logged in to view her posts. She had blocked me.

Blocking might seem heartless. But I had no idea what she was going through. For the final six months of her life, I viewed her posts every week through someone else’s LinkedIn account.

Her name was Kirsty Bonner and she wrote inspirational posts on LinkedIn aimed at jobseekers. She suffered from post-traumatic stress (PTSD) which ended up taking her life on the 28th of August 2020.

Her work was dedicated to helping jobseekers find a new career, and find themselves in the process. I didn’t know her personally, but I did know people close to her. …

Being rich is a feeling.

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It’s fun to turn your thoughts upside down.

The typical “rich life” portrayed on social media is all about exotic locations, nice watches, and luxury cars.

Lambos won’t make you happy.

While sitting on the toilet the other day the phrase “get rich and drive a Toyota Camry” hit me. I immediately wrote it down. It’s a philosophy I’ve believed in for a long time.

Being Rich Is a Feeling

I am not financially wealthy, technically. But I feel incredibly rich.

When people ask me whether I’m rich I say yes. …

#3 — There is no safety net.

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As the meaning of life becomes clearer, so do the lines on my face.

I am 34 years old and approaching 40 like a Japanese Bullet Train. It’s in your human nature to fear aging. Aging means you’re getting closer to death. Yet there are plenty of people who are still alive but dead inside.

As I get older I hope I have very few regrets. I’m not sure what being 40 will feel like. It sounds old in my millennial brain full of perfect Instagram faces, seen through years of social media abuse.

The strange thing about getting older is I feel that you get wiser. And wisdom is a huge advantage. Finding wisdom makes life have more meaning — and when your life is full of meaning, well, it feels, kinda… good. Here’s what I hope to learn by 40 that will help you contemplate getting older. …

The exact office setup I use to reach millions of monthly readers that can inspire your own work from home office.

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My home office used to be a piece of crap. And it left me with a bad back.

The environment you choose to be creative in affects your mood and your work. If your home office is a warzone, your work will be messy and all over the place too.

Organize your home office and radically improve your life — and your writing.

I have written thousands of blog posts on the internet and reached millions of people as a result. …

My friend made $400K USD from his eBook, though

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Having a goal to sell an exact number of eBooks is foolish. And I’m a fool.

I got caught up in the fact my friend made $400K USD from selling his eBook about starting a blog. I decided to create an eBook about writing and share my experiences. I spent a bit of time working on it and paid roughly $850 for a book cover from 99 Designs (because first impressions count).

The eBook did OK. It didn’t sell anywhere near 50,000 copies, though — or make $400K.

(An eBook the way I’m about to describe it is a PDF book with chapters that you sell through your personal website only, and also send to your email list and post on your social media channels to make sales. …

What a mysterious female venture capitalist in Chuck Taylors can teach you.

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I heard about Jack Dorsey’s original pitch for Twitter through a woman named Susan Wu.

Susan came to my hometown of Melbourne in 2014 to bring a company to our shores called Stripe.

I attended the interview with her at Startup Grind to hear about how she met Jack Dorsey and Ev Williams when she worked as a Venture Capitalist at Charles River Ventures. She famously was one of the reasons why Twitter secured funding and became the platform we know and love today.

People originally thought the idea of Twitter was stupid, but not Susan. Susan told the story of how she bonded with Jack because he was obsessed with traffic patterns. …

Group articles together and publish them as eBooks on Wattpad and Amazon and charge money for them

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Giving away most of what you know for free is one of the best ways to make money as a writer.

I’ve spoken of this strategy before. Nicolas Cole is a writer that discovered the same trick as me. I found Cole’s work on Quora and read his first book titled “Confessions of a Teenage Gamer.” I, too, was addicted to computer games such as Warcraft and Counter-Strike as a young punk high on bubble tea.

I recently read Cole’s latest book “The Art and Business of Online Writing.” In it, he says the magic line that got my attention: “Give away 99% of your best writing for free.” …

Tests rule out the people who think outside the box.

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I was an idiot and a moron. A self-help junkie like me should have known better.

We met for the first time. He works client-side looking after teams of engineers. I work with clients like him to help them build engineering teams at scale and expand through mitosis (members of a successful engineering team branch off and create new teams).

I explained to him how his employer wanted me to code test any new engineers with HackerRank and I agreed with their decision. …

“10 minutes before you die this overwhelming sense of peace comes over you.”

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Jim Carrey is a stoic genius and he doesn’t even know it.

I grew up, high on Jim Carrey.

Once I saw “The Mask” I was hooked. Ace Ventura sealed the deal. For a kid trying to escape the darkness of the mind, the Jim Carrey experience was joyous. He made me laugh and that took me to another dimension. Whenever the pain became too much I could just switch on one of his movies and wonder what it was like to be crazy awesome like him.

At thirteen-years-old my best friend introduced me to a magazine article. It said that Jim Carrey suffered mental illness and was suicidal. My mind was confused. How could someone so funny and successful be suicidal? It was the first window I ever had into the false reality I was living in. That experience was something I never forgot; the image is still clear in my mind of that day. …

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