Tim Ferriss

December 04, 2007
by findingDulcinea Staff
Princeton University guest lecturer; cage fighter in Japan; the first American in history to hold a Guinness World Record in tango dancing; Chinese kickboxing champion; Glycemic Index (GI) researcher; political-asylum researcher/activist; MTV break-dancer in Taiwan, hurling competitor in Ireland, and actor on a hit TV series in Hong Kong and mainland China. Timothy Ferriss, author of the New York Times bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, has accomplished all of the above and more. How does this intriguing 29-year old do it all?

The Man

Tim Ferriss’s blog reflects his belief that people should maximize happiness and leisure time in their lives. Ferriss’s blog entries supplement his best-selling book, The 4-Hour Work Week. The blog covers various topics, such as how to detox from e-mail; travel the world; lose weight; and make the most out of life. Although his claims seem outrageous, Ferriss serves up some witty and practical advice.

Visit The Huffington Post, the political-commentary and news Web site, to read Ferriss’s featured columns. Not to miss: “The Not-To-Do List—Nine Bad Habits to Stop Now.”

On LifeHacker, a blog that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads to make your life better, you can view a five-minute video of Ferriss as he discusses three of the key points in his controversial book. Try it before you buy it; consider this video a sample of what the book offers.
Don’t miss this article in Fast Company, in which Tim Ferris answers seven questions about his book and his lifestyle. Listen to his response to the question: “Do corporate Americans hate their jobs?”

The Inspiration

Read Money magazine’s article on Ferriss to learn about 19th-century economist Vilfredo Pareto, the inspiration for The 4-Hour Work Week. Following Pareto’s principles, Ferriss scaled back his workweek and changed his life forever.
What exactly are Pareto’s principles? Visit economic dictionary Investopedia for an explanation.

The Review

In the personal-finance blog Get Rich Slowly, the reviewer of Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Work Week found so many interesting passages that he used an entire pad of Post-It® notes while reading this book.

The Revolution

Read a recent New York Times article that discusses Ferriss’s impact on other business entrepreneurs. Even some cutting-edge tech companies are following his advice and returning to old-fashioned business practices (such as using the telephone instead of e-mail) in attempts to increase productivity.

Princeton Alumni Weekly spotlights Ferriss’s most recent world record title. In September 2006, Ferriss and his tango partner Alicia Monti broke their own world record and performed 27 consecutive tango spins. The feat was recorded on the ABC show Live with Regis and Kelly.

Tim Ferriss credits outsourcing for his ability to construct his four-hour workweek. Hiring foreigners to work for lower wages is a well-known business practice, but it is not without controversy. Read this BusinessWeek article for a discussion on whether outsourcing jobs is a bad thing.
This interview with Ferriss at ProBlogger examines why he thinks the 9-to-5 workday is hopelessly outdated.

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