Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


Stoicism is a philosophy that teaches you to be calm and patient in the face of difficult situations. It is based on the idea that you should never let your emotions get in the way of your ability to think clearly.

  • The Stoics believed that you should always maintain a sense of calm and detachment.
  • She is a very stoic person, and she is able to handle difficult situations calmly.

An impassive person is not emotional. They don't show their emotions, either positive or negative.

  • The impassive doctor didn't show any emotion as she gave the news.
  • The impassive politician didn't seem to care about the situation.

To medicate is to take medication to treat a illness or injury. Sometimes people use the word to describe the act of drinking alcohol to relax or to get drunk.

  • He was medicating to calm down after the argument.
  • She was medicating to get drunk.

To fray something is to tear or damage it. The clothes on the clothesline are fraying because the wind is blowing them around.

  • The cord on the lamp is starting to fray because it's getting worn down.
  • The paper was starting to fray from the ink that was spilled on it.

To extricate something is to remove it from a difficult or dangerous situation. Sometimes the word is used to describe the process of removing a person from a dangerous situation.

  • The firefighters were trying to extricate the victim from the wreckage.
  • The police were trying to extricate the suspect from the scene.