My First Quarterly Shipment! (Plus: Live Event 3/28, Merrell Winners)


Screenshot of my first video “letter” to Quarterly subscribers.

Roughly 2-3 weeks ago, my first Quarterly package shipped out to subscribers, including many of you.

The theme of my Quarterly mailings is obsession–the ideas and objects I just can’t get out of my head. I get obsessed with all kinds of things. Sometimes I’m hooked on a great health product or travel gadget. Other times, I find a new productivity booster or incredible book through my experiments and research.

I never know what I’ll get obsessed with next, and that surprise factor is what makes obsessions great.

Here’s what the first box looked like (click to enlarge)!

The descriptions are below… and just wait until you see what’s next!…

Quarterly is now accepting 500 more subscribers — first come, first served. Just click here to check out the details. International is no problem — just a $10 shipping fee for Canada and a $15 shipping fee for all other non-US countries.

Anything in particular you’d like to see in future boxes? Please let me know in the comments.

In the meantime, here are all of the products from the first box ($200+ value):

1. Gyokucho Japanese Saw

2. Bird by Bird

3. Letters from a Stoic

4. Buddha Board

5. Prismacolor Col-Erase Colored Pencil Light Blue

6. Bigger, Stronger, Faster (DVD)

7. Athletic Greens


BioTrust Low-Carb Protein (This was only for some international subscribers, who could not receive Athletic Greens due to customs regulations)


Odds and Ends: Live Event and Merrell Winners

Live Event: “Building the Perfect Human: Tracking Biomarkers for Performance and Health Enhancement”

I use a start-up called WellnessFX for all of my comprehensive blood testing.

Be one of the first 200 people to purchase a WellnessFX package between now and March 28, and you’ll receive an exclusive invitation to see me speak live in downtown San Francisco on March 28th from 6pm-7:30pm. It will be an intimate group, and there will be plenty of time for audience Q&A.

Check out all the details here.

Merrell Winners

The 10 winners of the last comment competition are listed below. To the winners: keep an eye on your email! Also, since so many people have asked about my default shoes, here are my two current favorites:

– For all-around use: The Reach Glove
– For walking and (carefully) running: The Vapor Glove, their most minimal “barefoot-like” shoe – Men’s – Women’s


It was hugely difficult to narrow these down, but here are 10 that my magic elves and I particularly liked. Thank you to everyone how commented!

1. Adam Brady
Connection for me occurs when purpose meets emotion. You can do things with purpose but without emotion and you can do things emotionally but without purpose, “connection” is when the two sentiments converge. Many individuals work with the purpose of making a living, and many play for the pure emotion of joy but, when one finds a calling or activity that speaks to them they become connected, and that work/activity is executed with both purpose and joy.
My favorite body weight exercises are pull-ups, push-ups, mountain climbers, deep squats and planks. 5 exercises, whole body, simple and effective.

2. Connor Grooms
It is inherently foolish to try to put words to connection. Connection is not possible to describe, just like the tao, “The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name”. Connection is what makes life worth living, what makes relationships deep, and what makes being alone in wild Nature feel so freeing. There are more literal meanings, but those are insufficient.

Best body weight exercise is Pullups, especially ones on door frames (grip strength)

3. Rachel
When we feel our hearts beating, blood pulsing in our veins, and our breath moving inside of us we are fully alive…we are in connection with ourselves and we are connected to all other living things. Connection is life.
Yoga is connection and is by far my favorite body-weight only exercise for mind, body and spirit!

4. Mike Gopsill
Connection is the noun for Kevin Bacon, who is always connected, by 4GEE and by six degrees.
My favourite bodyweight-only exercises are dips because they are isolated and intense, a one-handed pushup (Rocky-style) and I like a Turkish getup with no weight if that counts.
Great post Tim, looking forward to getting outside myself when the UK summer kicks in.

5. Edmundo Gurza
What does “connection” mean to you??A connection is the perfect mix of focus and calmness, which allows you to be in the moment with all your senses. Whether it is with a person, a task or nature, being in the moment and allowing the connection to happen opens your senses to bring clarity and be able to focus on what is surrounding you.
What are your favorite bodyweight-only exercises??- squats (such a natural movement that has been so lost in our culture)?- anything handstand-ish (pushups, holds, one handed, etc)?- and of course pullups

6. Rebecca
Connection is intangible, invisible and undeniable. Felt as an energy toward someone or something, our ears perk up, our eyes open wide and our hearts start to flutter.
It sneaks up on you when you least expect it. It grabs you by the heart and says “listen up!” It is the extra “something” that we often cannot put words to because there are some things in life that are too unique and special to name or label.
Best body weight exercise is full body squats in sets that make you wonder if you are going to be able to get off the toilet later! :0)

7. Drew
Connection, to me personally, is what I felt the first time I went to Brazil, speaking no Portuguese, and met a Japanese Brazilian girl who didn’t speak English. We had the strongest CONNECTION I had ever felt. We had a “chemical”, as she said, using her English dictionary.
8 years later: she is fluent in English, I am fluent in Portuguese, and we are married.
My favorite bodyweight exercises are the ones that use leverage and creativity to create extreme difficulty – one-armed pushup and one-armed pullup.

8. Ryan Ripley
Connection – a strange attractor that leads to unpredictable interractions and consequences.
Favorite body weight exercise: Face the wall squats (RKC)

9. Monica Ridgway
For me, “connection” means surrender, at least to some extent, allowing unity with whatever one is connecting with – be it nature, God, oneself, a dance partner, a spouse, a friend, or whatever. In order to connect, we have to let go of our own need for control, let go of preconceived ideas and agendas, and allow the external to enter and exert power over us. This surrender and connection changes us, the whole more than the sum of its parts.
As for favorite body-weight-only exercises, my top choice has always been dance. From the strict forms of ballet and modern dance, to ballroom and swing, to the nearly-formless bouncing and shimmying to be witnessed in nightclubs, to break dancing, dance involves all parts of the body – particularly the core – and it is also a great cardio workout. Dance is also an excellent way of connecting, be it with music – giving your body over to the music to drive your movement – or with a partner – surrendering the self to move together as one body.

10. Mark Greenman
1. For me, “connection” means a lot of things, but when I first read it, the connection I thought of was the feeling I get when I connect with a particularly well designed piece of gear, something that has been designed for exactly what I need it to do, and expresses itself instantly. But then I’m a gear nerd!

Posted on: March 15, 2013.

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61 comments on “My First Quarterly Shipment! (Plus: Live Event 3/28, Merrell Winners)

  1. I was really hoping to get ahold of some of those Merrell’s :(

    Do you think they’ll ever make a stealth “business loafer?” Like a barefoot style shoe that looks good enough to wear into the office or boardroom?


  2. Tim!

    This subscription thing is genius… my question is – if I (hypothetically) ran a company and wanted to give you free things to see if you thought they were worthy of inclusion in the NEXT mail-out… what would be the best way to woo you?

    Is there a P.O box where we can send you free stuff? Or an email where we can send an elevator pitch?

    Keep being awesome,



  3. I subscribed to the first Quarterly package. While it was nice that it contained a lot of different stuff (including two books on my to-read list), I would prefer fewer items that I would actually use in my daily life.


    • Hi Mehmet,

      Thanks for subscribing! For daily use, if it helps:

      – I use Athletic Greens (from the box) every morning.
      – I also revisit both books included on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

      With the boxes, I am trying to offer a combination of practicality, creativity, and “Holy $%#&, I never would have found this on my own”-type goodies. Much like my books, I suppose.

      Hope that helps,



  4. Hey Tim, Check out our product, Drinkwel, for some future box, or just for yourself. With serious inspiration from 4HWW, I quit my job, started this company (2010), and can work from anywhere with an internet connection. Big thanks to you, sir! -Mike


  5. Looks like I owe quarterly some money…… your video showed greens AND biophase, so I threw a fit. A big one…..and they sent me biophase to shut me up. Oops….. I assume they will take money, but if they give me a dont worry response, donors choose will get a donation in their name. And TIm? You might want to be even clearer for literal types like me………


  6. Just wanted to say thanks for the Quarterly box, more than I expected. I had already been reading Seneca’s letters but I will tell you that Bigger, Stronger, Faster was an eye opener that I am still debating what I should take away from it.

    Good chance to let you know your books have changed my life, I am quite literally 60 pounds lighter, learning to cook and working on my muse which may be backwards but follows the order in which I read them.

    Only question I have is I am interested what is the best way to get into investing in startups from outside, what you and Kevin Rose have an inside track to currently. I understand until proven being an advisor is a far reach being involved in startups and creative minds is what gets me excited, and hopefully an upcoming “muse” i am working on will help me get there.


  7. I wonder how many people pushed play on that screenshot of the video and wondered why it wasn’t playing. It can’t just be me who falls for this every single time…


  8. Hey Tim!

    I loved the first mailing! I really like how there were items that I totally expected (Letters from a Stoic) and some that I would have never guessed (a Japanese saw???). It was really a treat. Thank you very much for putting in the time.

    I can’t wait for the next one!


  9. Hey Tim,

    Seriously considering purchasing the Athletic greens and the Biotrust but I have a question for you. It indicates all over the place that it’s for active people.

    I am not currently that active and therefore I am wondering if I should measure my use in a different way because I haven’t been working out for 3 months.

    Suggestions ?

    Also [Moderator: website deleted] we’re building a wireless broadband network that will bring 1 gigabit per second to the home, business, and mobile device.


  10. Hi Tim,
    I just watched your “Smash fear, learn anything” video on TED where you mentioned how you’re interested in developing a better education system. I’m VERY interested in the same thing. I was impressed with your stories of success and more importantly, the learning process that allowed you learn so many things. I feel that my life has been somewhat of a similar story where I have learned countless things- everything from sports, to composing full orchestras, to countless new softwares, to even learning Japanese(and some Chinese). I lived in Japan as a missionary for two years in Tokyo so it was kind of cool to hear of your experiences in Japan. Anyways, I feel that the educational system does SUCH a poor job with teaching and learning, and I would LOVE to talk more on how to provide a better system. I’ve been recently working towards creating my own online school whereby I (we, teachers) would have the freedom to teach as effectively as we want. I honestly think that gathering the best teachers who are constantly learning the most effective, engaging ways to teach/learn would reap benefits incomprehensibly non-existent today, but so incredibly valuable to mankind if accomplished. Please, I’d love to talk more about this. You’ve got some great ideas, and I love your exploratory, innovative ways of thinking. Here’s my contact info:



  11. I have absolutely no idea when I’ll use this awesome saw but you were right – for now it looks cool on the wall :) Apart from it – contents are marvelous. I’ve watched the documentary (shocking stuff, how we understand “cheating” only in the meaning of the current law), put the Buddha Board on my desk (and now doodle while writing) and there are just few pages left in Bird by Bird. It’s gonna be my new favourite book about writing, right next to “On Writing” by Stephen King. Anne Lamott has great sens of humor!

    When it comes to my idea what could be added to the next shipment I recall you recommending a device that makes the best coffee in the world. I remember trying to find it once but since I’m from Poland there were no sellers nearby (even couldn’t help on this one). Maybe? :)


  12. Honestly Tim?

    It is guys of our age that have similar interests or what? I don’t know if you are really supper smart at gathering data and using the 80/20 to market products. Or both. Maybe we were separated at birth. You have managed to get into my head because I already have 80% of the things you are highlighting within a few feet of me right now.

    Speaking to the obsession thing. I have had many obsessions in my life and am enriched because of each one of them. Currently I am obsessed with Winning a Gold Medal at the 2016 Olympics playing Water Polo for team USA. I train 3-a-days sometimes, because I am not coming from the prototypical background. I have used the techniques in your books to give me a competitive advantage in training smarter, and I have used mentors and coaches to help me along the way. I will be meeting you at the Mastermind event in May and I am sure I could share much more.

    I can tell you other obsessions I have right now. Since Sports Illustrated Recently came out with the Swimsuit edition Kate Upton has been an obsession. Watches have been a lifelong obsession. Guitars, and instruments. Gadgets pertaining to music. Bags of all shapes and sizes. Training equipment. Art, dance, drawing, Painting, sculpture…. My great uncle was Pedro Delemos, and he was an integral part of the Palo Alto community curator and art educator, He served as director of Stanfords Art Collection. Both of my parents were artists. So to say art was important in my family is an under statement.

    I truly believe that the humanities are being choked out, and we need to bring them back because these are the things that really enrich the human experience. We get so caught up on Money that we lose track and our field of view shrinks. My three year old said recently “daddy how come our eyes are so small but we can see so big” Well as you age in America, society slowly works to constrain your sense of individuality. We call people crazy, or we call them artists, but really they just have the courage to be themselves. I want to work to unlock that child inside all of us to really push the planet to new heights collaborating with a sense of wonderment and discovery. I think you could help.

    What you are doing on your blog, and in the world is really cool. I am a big fan. Keep up the good work. I only hope you get a chance to read these from time to time.


  13. Hi TIm,

    As you mentioned, that Athletic Greens was replaced with BioTrust Low-Carb Protein for some international subscribers, due to customs regulations, I have a follow-up question regarding this very issue:

    Does that mean, that for internation subscribers to your Quarterly mailings, customs regulations are always taken into account when you assemble these packages?

    As a resident of Germany (as well as a huge fan of yours) this was the one thing that kept me from subscribing.

    Thanks in advance and keep up your great work!