Motivational Speaker – Tim Ferriss – US
|Born||July 20, 1977 (age 36)
East Hampton, NY
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
|Notable work(s)||The 4-Hour Workweek
The 4-Hour Body
The 4-Hour Chef
Timothy Ferriss (born July 20, 1977) is an American author, entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker. In 2007, he published The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1Wall Street Journal bestseller, and a USA Today bestseller. The 4-Hour Workweek has made the Best Seller List for 7 consecutive years from 2007 to 2013. In 2010, he followed up with The 4-Hour Body, which was another #1 New York Timesbestseller. Ferriss’ third book, The 4-Hour Chef, was released in November 2012 and was a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Career[edit source | editbeta]
BrainQUICKEN[edit source | editbeta]
In 2001, Ferriss founded BrainQUICKEN, an online nutritional supplements company. It made a product that was marketed as both BodyQuick and Brain Quicken, and whose ingredients included: “Cobalamin, Niacinamide, Folic Acid, 2-dimethylaminoethanol, Pyridoxine HCL, Pantothenic Acid (Calcium Pantothenate), Proprietary Cognamine™ Complex (including components of: Phosphatidylserine, Choline Bitartrate, Vinpocetine, Salix Alba, Thioctic Acid, L-Tyrosine, Ciwujia)." It was claimed that this product would dramatically increase short term memory and reaction speed, taking effect within 60 minutes. In 2010, he sold the company to a London-based private equity firm.
Angel investing and television[edit source | editbeta]
Ferriss is an angel investor and advisor to startups. He has invested or advised in start ups such as StumbleUpon, Lift, Posterous, Evernote, DailyBurn, Shopify, Reputation Defender, Trippy, Foodzie, Badongo, TaskRabbit, RescueTime, and SimpleGeo in addition to small equity stakes in Facebook and Twitter.
In December 2008, Ferriss had a pilot on the History Channel, where he had one week to attempt to learn a skill normally learned over the course of many years. In the pilot episode he practiced yabusame, the Japanese art of horse archery.
Author[edit source | editbeta]
Ferriss is the author of three books, The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef; the first two were #1 New York Times bestsellers and the third was a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller.
The 4-Hour Workweek[edit source | editbeta]
Ferriss developed the ideas present in The 4-Hour Workweek while working 14-hour days at BrainQUICKEN. Ferriss’s frustration and then personal escape from a workaholiclifestyle was the genesis of the book.
The 4-Hour Workweek was rejected by 25 publishers. In 2007, Random House, the 26th publisher, released the book through its Crown imprint. Before release, Ferriss was an unknown. He marketed the book heavily through bloggers with whom he created personal relationships. He has since been praised for this technique. The 4-Hour Workweek would reach #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and #1 on the BusinessWeek bestseller list. It has currently sold over 1,350,000 copies and has spent nearly 4 years on the New York Times bestseller list.
The book received both positive and negative reviews. Leslie Garner of The Telegraph noted that, “With a punchy writing style and a higher literacy level than most flash-in-the-pan gurus, Ferriss has struck a chord with his critique of workers’ slavish devotion to corporations… Ferriss’s book skillfully compartmentalises, then pathologises, workers’ unhealthy relationships with office life." Dylan Tweney of Wired wrote, “Nearly every idea taken to extreme. No sense of work being anything more than a paycheck."
In 2009, The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated was released by Random House and included multiple case studies authored by people who have utilized Ferriss’ methods.
Blog[edit source | editbeta]
Two months before the release The 4-Hour Workweek Ferriss launched a blog for the book, which he updates to this day. His blog has since become a publishing clearing house for many notable entrepreneurs, bestselling authors, and thinkers, including Chip Conley, Neil Strauss, Tucker Max, Ramit Sethi, Ryan Holiday, Noah Kagan of AppSumo,Chase Jarvis, Paulo Coelho, Reid Hoffman (chairman of LinkedIn), Peter Diamandis, Daymond John (founder of FUBU), and others. The resulting influence from such posts on book sales and other metrics has been dubbed the “Tim Ferriss effect."
The 4-Hour Body[edit source | editbeta]
In December 2010, Ferriss’ second book, The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman, was published by Crown. The book covers more than 50 topics, including rapid fat loss, increasing strength, boosting endurance, and polyphasic sleep. Ferriss also introduces his version of the Slow-Carb Diet, which involves the elimination of starches and anything sweet (including fruit and all artificial sweeteners) and a strong preference for lean protein, legumes, and vegetables.
For the book, Ferriss interviewed more than 200 experts over a three year period. The experts ranged from doctors to athletes to black-market drug salesmen. He said that he had recorded every workout he had done since the age of 18, and from 2004 (three years before his first book was published) he had tracked a variety of blood chemistry measurements, including insulin levels, hemoglobin A1c, and free testosterone.
The 4-Hour Body was an immediate bestseller and debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. It peaked at #4 on both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today‘s lists, and was one of Amazon.com‘s top 5 bestselling books for December 2010 and January 2011. As part of the press for the book, Ferriss appeared as a guest on The Dr. Oz Show and ABC‘s The View.
The 4-Hour Chef[edit source | editbeta]
Ferriss’ third book, The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life was released by Amazon Publishing in November 2012.The 4-Hour Chef contains practical cooking and recipe tips and uses the skill of cooking to explain methods for accelerated learning. Ferriss calls this capacity for mastering new skills in the minimum amount of time possible “meta-learning."
The book would go on to debut at #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Prior to the release of The 4-Hour Chef, the book was boycotted by a selection of brick and mortar bookstores, most notably Barnes & Noble, due to the book’s publisher, Amazon Publishing. This boycott led to Ferriss striking a handful of partnerships with non-conventional partners, including BitTorrent, Panera Bread, and TaskRabbit. In particular, Ferriss teamed up with BitTorrent to distribute an exclusive bundle of 4-Hour Chef content including excerpts from the book, photos, interviews and unpublished content. The bundle was downloaded over 300,000 times the first week after release. During the first week, the book received coverage in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, CBS, Wired Magazine, Outside Magazine, Dr. Oz, and many other outlets.
Lifestyle design[edit source | editbeta]
Ferriss is known for his application of both the Pareto principle and Parkinson’s Law to business and personal life. He has also taken the position that technology such as email,instant messaging and internet-enabled PDAs complicate life rather than simplify it. His teachings fit under the umbrella of what he calls “lifestyle design", in which he promotes “mini-retirements" as an alternative to the “deferred-life" career path where one would work a 9 to 5 job until retirement in one’s 60s. This involves breaking what he calls “outdated assumptions" and finding ways to be more effective so that work takes up less time.
On his blog and later in his subsequent books, Ferriss applied this approach to areas other than business. His book on fitness, for example, claims to provide the exercise and diet advice that produces the greatest results with the least amount of effort or time. Ferriss uses the analogy of the “minimum effective dose" to describe this technique."