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Friday, July 20, 2007

Timothy Ferriss, Author of The 4-Hour Work Week

Tim Ferriss is the author of "The Four Hour Work Week"

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Timothy Ferriss recommends you check email only once per week, don't read the newspaper and don’t save for retirement. These are only a few of the taboo recommendations found in Tim’s book, “The 4-Hour Work Week.”

It would be easy to dismiss Tim’s advice as lunacy if it weren’t for his impressive list of achievements. Tim used his time-saving technique to learn six languages, become a National Chinese kickboxing champion, and a Guinness World Record holder in tango, all at 29. Tim now adds author of the #1 business book in America according to the Wall Street Journal to his long list of accomplishments.

Tim candidly discusses the contents of his book, his life philosophy and how he propelled his book to #1 using blog marketing. Tim's ability to use technology to do more with less time and money is impressive and fresh.

- Nir


Anonymous said...

The guys at the Evolving Excellence blog had some good comments on Ferriss' book as well, from a manufacturing and outsourcing perspective. Typically they are very anti-outsourcing, but "personal outsourcing" is just a tad different! Unfortunately they didn't mention the effective time savings from having an assistant on the opposite side of the globe. Nice post.



Anonymous said...

This guy is a snake-oil salesman, definitely wrong to put him on the same page as the other true visionaries listed here.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_ferriss

Disgusted Innovator

Anonymous said...

Can anyone help to verify his claims as stated on his blog? He says he's advisor to 30 world champions and olympic athletes but doesn't say who??? He also says he's a world champion in mixed martial arts but doesn't state the 4 champions he defeated?? Very dubious indeed.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, and for a dude who suggests checking email only once a week, he sure does post a plethora of blog updates!

KP Springfield

Anonymous said...

What is adress of his friend's favourite site he mention in this recording?

Anonymous said...

This guy is no champion of martial arts...he's a scammer. I never heard of this guy and I know my martial arts who's who. As far as not saving for retirement well go figure. I guess you never know what tomorrow brings.

Anonymous said...

I didn't think his book was that bad. I liked his ideas on information overload and cutting back on all of the stuff that eats up productivity. He posts really useful info on his blog too.

Joe said...

For the most part, the information in his book is true. It does not go into extreme detail of building a self running business but nevertheless I find it valid based on my own personal experiences. 4-hour work weeks are not a reality for those that are not willing to put in the necessary time to get to that point. It's pure 16 hour days, 7 days a week before you can build a business that runs itself. This is a good book to read if you are thinking about making the jump into online business. But make no mistake however, Success in this industry requires you to read many more books and taking ACTION! Nothing comes easy and over night... Tim did a good job marketing this book to a niche that needed this message delivered. Take the good from this book, test and implement. With time you will find what works for you.

And yes... 4 hours a week of work to make 6 figures is possible but it takes work!