The world's most successful people may seem superhuman, but to think that they are fundamentally different from you is dead wrong, says Tim Ferriss.
In fact, the author, entrepreneur and investor says telling yourself otherwise is just an excuse for your own lack of achievement.
"Successful people — however they define that — succeed despite their flaws, not because they don't have any," Ferriss tells CNBC. "They succeed despite their insecurities, not because they don't have any."
Ferriss shot to fame in 2007 after publishing his guide to productivity, "The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich." He has since written other books and launched the podcast "The Tim Ferriss Show," where he interviews a range of accomplished people.