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Ask Tim Ferriss (4-Hour Workweek author) Anything (self.IAmA)
submitted 1 year ago* by kickme444[A]
Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body, just signed up for the redditgifts book exchange. He also sent us this video, of which we approve.
Tim has agreed to answer the top 10 questions submitted here early next week and we will post his video responses.
And if you haven't yet, check out the latest reddit campaign to change the world over at DonorsChoose.org/redditgifts. We have already raised over $24,000 to get books that teachers need into their hands.
Edit - Tim answered the questions here
[–]pretarch 59 points60 points61 points 1 year ago
Currently, what is your best source of constant income?
Which, and how many revenue streams do you have now?
[–]soggit 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
My first guess would be tricking people into buying his book with the promise of a "4 hour work week"
It's like one of those "how to get rich" books where the secret on how to get rich is to get people to buy your how to get rich book.
[–]istroll 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago
Did you actually read the book? Did you try any of the suggestions? A lot of times with "self-help" books the problem lies with the reader, not the author. This book does lay out a possible way to enjoy a 4 hour work week. Is it guaranteed? Will it happen if you only read the book and then do nothing? Obviously not. I will agree the title seems a bit too good to be true and for most people who read the book it will not be possible to achieve, but for some people it will inspire them and maybe they can come a bit closer to the goal.
[–]oddly_insightful 221 points222 points223 points 1 year ago
Isn't Kevin going to be pissed that you're on Reddit?
[–]jwizzle 11 points12 points13 points 1 year ago
Came here just to upvote this comment.
[–][deleted] 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
How would you know this comment was here if you didn't come here in the first place?
[–]oddly_insightful 17 points18 points19 points 1 year ago
He was expecting it and wasn't disappointed.
[–]Jeeraph 12 points13 points14 points 1 year ago
I like you. You stick up for your upvoters.
[–]jwizzle 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
Indeed, I was expecting. Therefore, upvote.
[–]sarfreer -1 points0 points1 point 1 year ago
Came here just to upvote this reply.
[–]givemesnow 14 points15 points16 points 1 year ago*
I started a web company in high school that did very well (10 employees, high double digit yearly revenue, international operations). It wasn't my first attempt at entrepreneurship (I sold N64 cheat codes on the Kindergarten playground), but that experience is what got me hooked. Unfortunately I was young & stupid, lost it all, then got sick after HS and spent a few years churning water. I'm 23 now, in fantastic health, and weeks away from moving to to the Bay Area to pursue my dream of tech entrepreneurship. My question is:
What are your top, absolutely must adhere to, tips for young entrepreneurs embarking on the journey I'm about to head off on?
[–]allenrigby 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Congratulations on recovering from your illness. I'm curious about your business. What were you selling? What were the mistakes you made?
[–]givemesnow 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
I'd rather not share too much about the business itself, but as for mistakes there were many. You know those moments people are always talking about on reddit where you look back on something stupid you did and just cringe? That's like my entire adolescence.. Despite how wildly successful I was. If you're a fellow entrepreneur and are truly interested I'd be happy to share a writeup with you that I'm working on (a lot of which covers lessons learned). PM me your e-mail and we'll stay in touch
[–]AndyRooney 166 points167 points168 points 1 year ago*
I read The New Yorker piece on you and checked out all the Amazon reviews of The 4-Hour Body. The New Yorker article made you out to be a sort of flim-flam man (that you were more about tactical networking to sell your wares than anything else) and the Amazon reviews seem to support this position (the vast majority of your 1600 (!!!) reviews seem to be set up by you so that you got tons of 5 star reviews with no substance (basically one sentence raves) and any critical 1 star reviews that analysed your regimen were instantly attacked.
How do you answer these claims?
E: Here is the link to The New Yorker article. Hat tip to douchebag_investor for the link.
[–]douchebag_investor 41 points42 points43 points 1 year ago*
One of the best things I learned from reading the 4HWW was how easy it is to pay workers in 3rd world countries to pad your Amazon reviews, whitewash your wikipedia profile so much that it looks like an advertisement, and create fraudulant reddit accounts expressly for the purspose of discussing Tim Ferriss articles.
I also learned from Tim to invest in companies like Reputation Defender to minimize retaliation from internet vigilantes that attempt to expose him as a snake oil salesman.
edit: broken link
[–]HeresWhyYouSuck 14 points15 points16 points 1 year ago
WHen the four-hour body came out, /r/fitness was inundated with posts from 1-day old accounts talking it up, starting blogs to document their progress, etc.
I bookmarked them all to see whether any of them would still post 2 weeks after release, and no, none of them did. He's certainly good at shilling.
[–]slothchunk 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
To be fair. Most people who start blogs about changing their diet, lives, etc. usually don't follow through for much longer than one or two posts.
[–]Palins_Brassiere 24 points25 points26 points 1 year ago
Exactly. I would only add this: Feriss made his money selling damn sugar pills (BrainQuicken). And every time that's said online there's the inevitable attack from his mob.
Vaynerchuk employs the same tactics as Feriss (see negative Amazon review where reviewer is attacked by Vaynerchuk mob).
Feriss adds little to no value, but he's got about a million nauseating little sycophants running around whose life ambition is to defend him.
[–]HeresWhyYouSuck 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
I came across one a couple of weeks ago; an apoplectic fan of his who spent a solid 12 hours replying to any vaguely critical post with "omg you close-minded fools" type shit, even when the comments were walls of actual science. His fan base is really annoying.
[–]AndruRC 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
Can't speak for the other bits of speculation, but Ferriss gave away hundreds, if not thousands of books in advance of the book's launch so that reviews would be ready day one.
[–]rsolow 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
For what it's worth, I've been following the diet in the four hour body and it works quite well. Went from 210 to 190 in about a month without taking any of the wacky supplements he suggests. There's an awful lot of hyperbole in the promotion and within certain sections of the book, but if you look past it there are solid guidelines for eating, exercise and other aspects of living. I do agree with your point on his Amazon reviews though. Too many 5-stars without substance.
[–]attilad 30 points31 points32 points 1 year ago*
I read about half of the book, bought it on sale on my kindle without knowing anything about the author.
Not the best-written book, but I did lose 15 pounds very quickly (about three weeks) and have kept off most of them for a year now. So, you know, whatever.
Edit: apparently not criticizing Tim Ferriss results in automatic downvotes, so let me append this by saying that his use of similes is atrocious and his advice on how to please a woman sexually made me actually feel a little sad for him.
(Now I'll get downvotes from the hive AND the Tim puppets! This was a great plan!)
[–]Fletch71011 41 points42 points43 points 1 year ago
Nice try, Tim Ferriss
[–]moistrobot 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
By reading a book?
[–]pulifrici 13 points14 points15 points 1 year ago
is quite long
[–]Lyran_Outcast 8 points9 points10 points 1 year ago
No, by eating it. Paper doesn't have too many calories.
[–]cheeky_fellow 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Please please, listen to him on the Joe Rogan podcast. I really don't think he's any sort of a douche. Sure, he may be chasing money, but if you listen to the podcast you can tell he is just a man that is truly curious, and is willing to use his body for experimentation.
Also, it was an interesting podcast nonetheless.
[–]solan 55 points56 points57 points 1 year ago
On Joe Rogan's podcast you talked about doing large doses of shrooms. What are the three biggest insights you have had about yourself because of drug use?
[–]Seasofhighfinance 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
Ferriss talks about shrooms at around 33:30 and on, as an ego dissolving experience he does once a year. For those interested :)
[–]oddly_insightful 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
I like him even more now. Not because he takes shrooms but because he realizes the importance of "ego dissolving."
[–]cdgullo 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
Losing his ego once a year? Doesn't seem to be working...
[–]Erikthenomad 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago
What is your view on cannabis? I know you love wine. Do you think cannabis can be used in a similar way? Minus the life lengthening effects. For example: consuming small amounts at night or during the day.
[–]heyyouitsmewhoitsme 85 points86 points87 points 1 year ago
How many people do you know who have actually made the 4-Hour Workweek work for them? I mean, earn the equivalent of a decent salary.
[–]Draekhost 21 points22 points23 points 1 year ago
The people who have successfully implemented stuff from his book are people who understand what he says at a conceptual level and adapt it to their own unique circumstance.
I've read his workweek and body book and have followed him for years online. I don't think his workweek book is something you can follow step-by-step to achieve the goals he proposes. I think it's best if you try to understand the concepts behind what he says. It'll get people much farther.
Sorry for not answering your question. XD Just thought I'd try clearing up the idea of making the 4-Hour Workweek "work for someone" as opposed to just granting them a foundation to work with.
[–]maniah 6 points7 points8 points 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more. I'm married, have a child, don't live in the US and don't care so much about travelling all the time. Adapting the concepts to my circumstances made it into a success, not following it step-by-step.
[–]Draekhost 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Grats on achieving the lifestyle you desire! :) What part of the planet are you on?
[–]maniah 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
[–]ggWes 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago
Its helped a lot in my business. It's more of a mind set book along with a ton of practical life hacks. You gotta take it for what it is. It helps break some of the social norms so you can be comfortable doing something different.
[–]cosmonautsix 6 points7 points8 points 1 year ago
This exactly. You could work a corporate job, implement some techniques from the book and free up more time to focus on more important duties and not let things suck your valuable time.
[–]5t3alth 14 points15 points16 points 1 year ago
I work remotely, about 20 hours a week, for a fortune 100 company. I'm moving to Maui in September and will keep my six figure salary. The 4 Hour Work Week is a mindset, without which I wouldn't have made the hundreds of small decisions in the years since reading the book that have allowed me to design a better work/life situation.
[–]pretarch 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago
He has actually devoted 4 blog posts to answer this very question. Here are some:
http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2010/11/28/4-hour-work-week-case-studies-muse/ - Video Included
[–]Dratsic 15 points16 points17 points 1 year ago
THERE ARE....FOUR LINKS
[–]free-advice 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
How many links do you see? This is your last chance. Don't be a stubborn fool!
[–]chosk3 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
that was pretty good.
[–][deleted] 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago
Comments like this make it pretty obvious that responses on this thread are fake.
I mean, come on, who would know all the blog posts and go around showing it off if he weren't paid for it?
THIS IS CALLED "SOCIAL MARKETING".
I understand how you feel, but in my case, I'm just a guy who lives in Florida, and is a fan of Tim. That's it.
I read almost all of his blog posts because they always teach me something of value.
And you are right, this is "social marketing", because I enjoy his writing and I choose to share it. Tim isn't twisting any arms to have people like me share his content. I choose to.
[–][deleted] 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago
And is there a trend in the product category (or margin category) for the successful products?
[–]HumanButt 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
I doubt my example will cut through all the hate, but since using some of the 4HWW ideas in my own business (mostly virtual assistants and paying people to develop automation software that cuts my work time down) I've gone from working about 50 hours a week at my own business to around 10-20. Make low six figures a year, work on a laptop, and live on a tropical island in Thailand.
The chapters on product development gloss over a lot of stuff and make the book's lifestyle seem easier than it is, but if you ALREADY HAVE your own business and don't work for someone else it's possible, if not surprisingly easy, to cut your work time down substantially.
[–]ginroth 28 points29 points30 points 1 year ago
You are a super productive person. How do you combat procrastination and akrasia? Any tips for the common man with the average level of will power to develop such skills? Is it something you "had" or did you employ something like temporal motivation theory?
[–]Bravissimo 11 points12 points13 points 1 year ago
Tim, What is one thing that anyone could add to their daily routine that you think would be beneficial.
[–]pretarch 12 points13 points14 points 1 year ago
What is your personal philosophy on handling your finances?
Are you completely hands on when it comes to your personal finances, or do you have other assistance work on that for you?
How do you like to make your money, through leveraging credit or would you rather pay cash for your investments?
[–]frankzeye 102 points103 points104 points 1 year ago
4 Hour Workweek? This is going to blow that right out of the water. Listen to this: 3... Hour... Work... Week.
Think about it. You walk into a book store, you see 4 Hour Workweek sittin' there, there's 3 Hour Workweek right beside it. Which one are you gonna pick, man?
If you're not happy with the first 3 hours, we're gonna send you the extra hour free. You see? That's it. That's our motto. That's where we're comin' from. That's from "A" to "B".
[–]IDOLIKETURTLES 29 points30 points31 points 1 year ago
That's brilliant. That's good.. that's good. Unless of course, someone comes up with 2 Hour Work Week. Then you're in trouble, huh?
[–]caamando 65 points66 points67 points 1 year ago
No! No, no, not 2! I said 3. Nobody's comin' up with 2. Who works in 2 hours? You won't even get through your emails, not even a mouse on a wheel. 3's the key number here. Think about it. 3's Company, 3 blind mice. 3, man, that's the number. 3 chipmunks twirlin' on a branch, eatin' lots of sunflowers on my uncle's ranch. You know that old children's tale from the sea. It's like you're dreamin' about Gorgonzola cheese when it's clearly Brie time, baby. Step into my office. *'Cause you're fuckin' fired! *
[–]DutchPrisoner 13 points14 points15 points 1 year ago
Fuck it! We're doing the zero hour work week! We'll do it live! Fuckin' thing sucks.
[–]valeyard89 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Hitchhikers? My whole life? Ah... I don't know - twenty-five, fifty... I mean, who keeps track? Hey, you know, I know this is the Bible Belt and everything, but where I come from this is not that big deal, I mean...
[–]NULLACCOUNT 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
What are you crazy?! You can't get a full work week done in 2 hours. That's crazy.
[–]MediaMoguls 16 points17 points18 points 1 year ago*
See: the shelf space next to 5 Hour Energy. Now featuring:
[–]Draekhost 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
I use to drink 5 hour energy. Now I realize that it's quite an incomplete formula. Silly marketers and their "this will solve all your problems forever as well as grant you super powers" methodology....
[–]kickme444[S] 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
This was a top voted comment but not a question so I will not be asking Tim this question.
[–]soggit 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
I'm going to start selling a book saying "How to get paid lots of money for not working at all" and sell it.
The final chapter will be "trick people into buying a book with unrealistic promises in the title. profit on all of the sales"
[–]smashtheqube 11 points12 points13 points 1 year ago
Are you going to die sooner because of all of the supplements and experimentation with your body that you've done? Do you worry about cancer or organ failure, possibly from all of the pre-"4 hour work week" stress or unknown reactions from the chemicals?
[–]Draekhost 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Tim has openly talked about living to 120 and beyond.
Also, there's no realistic way for someone to estimate whether they will die sooner or later, especially when they are only in their 30's.
Your question about stress is pretty interesting, though.
[–]Tekmo 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Fat chance. Living past 100 years has nothing to do with how healthy of a lifestyle you live but rather how long until you succumb to various amyloidoses.
[–]Draekhost 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago*
I have a hard time believing this given that people tend to live longer if they lead a healthier lifestyle. Stress and other stuff contribute to protein decay, but if you lead a life where you manage stress well and keep your body running efficiently you will experience less protein decay than someone who didn't manage themselves very well.
Edit: By protein decay I'm referring to that protein in our cells which is strongly linked to aging.
[–]Tekmo 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
That's a valid point. I should have qualified my statement by saying a "typical" healthy lifestyle geared towards preventing cancer and heart disease. Right now we know very little about how to prevent protein aggregation disorders with appropriate lifestyle choices. But eventually we will and somebody it will be very realistic to expect to live that long.
Yeah, we're just scratching at the surface right now. I saw a TED talk by this guy who looked like a wizard. The main idea behind his talk was that he believed aging was a disorder that we are close to fixing based on how quickly the medical field is advancing. He fully believes that the first person to live over 150 has already been born. That's kind of crazy to think about, though. I don't think I'd mind living as long as the elves did! But...the population overflow that would follow a "breakthrough" in anti-aging kind of scares me. We'd have to be very smart about how we managed the ecosystem and food supply.
[–]badwornthing 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Wow, this guy is going to live to 120? Man, is there anything this guy can't do?
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[–]webm2 14 points15 points16 points 1 year ago
Tim, do you have a coach(s)?
[–]pretarch 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Oh hell yea...this is a nice one.
[–]SilverLion 46 points47 points48 points 1 year ago*
Hi Tim, I read your book and enjoyed it so much that i have three questions!
What is your opinion of the Pomodoro technique?
For those unfamiliar, this involves working for 25 minutes and taking a 5 minute break, then after 3 or 4 25 min periods, taking a longer break. It's quite popular here on reddit as far as productivity advice goes.
What advice do you have to prevent getting burnt out in college?
I have many friends who were hard workers the first two years, but eventually became mindless drones because they were working all the time, and eventually couldn't handle the constant stress and workload. I want to make sure I don't become one of these people.
What is your advice when you have tons of work due with little time?
It seems to me that your method requires you to focus on getting as much done in a short time period, and then stop and enjoy the time that could be spent on work because, presumably, this time would not be as efficient since you've been working for so long. My problem with this system is that I often have many assignments due in the first four days of the week, and we usually don't learn the material necessary until the beginning of the week itself. I'm a Sophomore Chemical Engineer in university, and if I were to follow this principle, I feel that I simply wouldn't put enough time in to finish the assignments. Obviously this situation is different because it's college, but it's also happened during my internship.
I personally loved the part of your book where you suggested a week-long media fast and no-multitasking in general. I'm sure if a lot of Redditors put this idea to use, they'd help clear up the attention-deficit they (and I) developed.
[–]Draekhost 16 points17 points18 points 1 year ago
Nice try, Tim Ferriss.
[–]TravelingAce 16 points17 points18 points 1 year ago
Tim Ferriss, Tim Ferriss.
[–]co-grok 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
I originally read your name as Silver Loins.
Now that I realize it's Silver Lion, I decided to go back to Silver Loins. Sorry, but that's how you will be in my eyes forever.
[–]jvanweze 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
[–]pizza_tron 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Upvote for first question
[–]cavssman 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Hey Tim did you ever get to run an Ultra, like you wrote about in your book?
I asked him this on Twitter, but got no reply. I'm guessing no. And that's not a knock on him, I just wish he'd cop to it.
He mentioned that his knees and feet took a beating from which he feels like he hasn't recovered while wearing Terra Plana snickers while traveling abroad.
As I runner myself, I was VERY disappointed to hear that since I was really looking forward to hear what he had to say about his ultra marathon running experience. :(
[–]smashyourhead 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
He never updated the page that the book directs to - as far as I'm aware he didn't run it. Personally, I was inspired by that chapter and ran a marathon on CFE principles - it worked okay I suppose, 4:27 for a first marathon and I could barely walk for a week. If I was going to run another marathon I'd stick with the speedwork, but the idea that really top-level runners (as opposed to guys who just want a respectable time) could use CFE is, in my opinion, rubbish.
I also wish that he would cop to it.
[–]danieldkr 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
If you had it all to do over again with the launch of The 4-Hour Workweek, what are the top 2-3 things you would do differently knowing what you know now?
[–]graeme_b 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
Great books, the 4HWW inspired me to create books that now earn me royalties, and the four hour body helped me fix some chronic pain (found an MAT practitioner after reading "reversing permanent injuries").
What is your opinion on intermittent fasting, and why do you say to eat 30 grams of protein upon waking?
I read Martin Berkhan's Lean Gains blog, and decided to try not eating until 12:00-1:00 each day. I feel more energetic, and seem to be able to build muscle and keep low body fat.
In the four hour body, you recommend eating 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking. This seems like good advice, if you're eating breakfast. But what about people who don't eat breakfast at all. Do you think intermittent fasting is a good alternative to a high protein breakfast, and consistent with fat loss/muscle gain for most people? Thanks.
[–]scorchen 32 points33 points34 points 1 year ago
I have read both the 4-hour work week and the 4-hour body. I also keep up on your blog and your video cast "random". I would say that despite the criticism you've received you have certainly been an inspiration to my life and have motivated me to do several things to better my quality of life.
I want to know how to become more motivated and driven like yourself.
My question is who is it that you look up / read / follow that is a true inspiration to you?
[–]cosmonautsix 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
Also how I feel, thx Tim
[–]pretarch 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
I know exactly how you feel.
You and I would be good friends!
[–]awestrom 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago
Tim tried a lot of different smart drugs in college. He discusses it in detail in this podcast with Joe Rogan: http://blog.joerogan.net/archives/3531
He also talks about how he takes a high dose of magic mushrooms every year as a reset, which was really surprising to me.
[–]Erikthenomad 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Fuck yes, I haven't seen this.
[–]JayNeely 15 points16 points17 points 1 year ago
What would / will you put into "The 4-Hour Mind"?
It seems like an obvious follow-up to The Four Hour Body. You've talked about the Pareto Principle, the mental models of Charles Munger, and other essential "tools" for thinking you've adopted. Other people here are asking about nootropic "smart drugs" like Provigil and Adderall, which you talked a bit about during the NEXT conference Q&A.
Many of the knowledge workers / digital creators / online business owners most capable of taking advantage of the things you wrote about in The 4-Hour Work Week are extremely curious about creativity, intelligence, and enlightenment.
Would you write a book about achieving growth in these areas? Where would you start your research, and what resources come to mind that would be worthy of inclusion?
[–]Trayf 17 points18 points19 points 1 year ago
What is your biggest regret in life?
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[–]scorchen 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
Jiu Jitsu related questions:
[–]aluminiumjesus 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
As someone who knows nothing about Jiu Jitsu, I read your points as sexual innuendo.
[–]seane 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
What was your lowest point since writing "The 4-Hour Workweek," and how did you power through it to move on to bigger and better things?
Basically, when did your doubts almost overwhelm you, and how did you overcome?
[–]jvanweze 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
what are 3 of your daily habits that you believe help you achieve such a high level of success?
[–]webm2 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
Tim, if your girlfriend hadn't of dumped you, do you think you would have written 4HWW? Said another way, what was the tipping point for your dramatic change from "Just another Nice Guy" to "Tim the fear slayer?"
[–]tonejunkee 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago*
Funny how polarizing his book really can be - It literally separates the negative chumps from those who have a positive outlook. I was able to launch several business which now bring in passive income (while I sleep.) To many this will seem outrageous and in the same league as late-night infomercials promising ridiculous BS.
If you are looking to get rich in 4 hours though, it may be a good time to head back to high school or possibly, kindergarten. I had to read this 4 times before really getting the full benefit. That's becuase it's a FUCKING POWERHOUSE of potent and actionable info - and continues to help tons of people. Seriously, do you think he is paying us to say this shit? The jealous fools who are afraid to fail at even the slightest task, tend to live as eternal yes-men...or maybe worse.
I've noticed a lot of the comments here seem to be coming from terrified tools - proud of their arrogant, negative remarks.
[–]sebner19 34 points35 points36 points 1 year ago
you are aware that your life is only possible in the current capitalistic world (e.g outsourcing work into low-cost countries) and is only possible in certain work areas (mainly office jobs and only a few companies allow working at home - you can't change your job that easily sometimes (as you suggest) ; I guess everyone agrees a waitress, steel worker, nurse can only laugh at his 4-Hour workweek). The current system would totally break down if everyone would attempt to do that. How do you see that? Other than that, some nice advises (especially how to increase productivity) though.
[–][deleted] 18 points19 points20 points 1 year ago
This is a fallacy.
"Why do you want to be a dentist? If everybody did that, nothing would get done!"
[–]RichieP808 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago
Well the book is obviously written for the western market. He's not making some dogmatic claim that everyone in the world has the opportunity to live like this (many people dont even have the opportunity or literacy to read the book).
Still, finding ways to be more effective with less busywork? Possible for many people around the world I think. Especially if you're self employed -
e.g. a street food seller in Thailand, often from the lowest working class and fairly poor, could drastically cut their work hours and still make nearly as much money by setting up shop only for the 2-4 hours a day where they earn 80-90% of their revenue (lunch, dinner, etc). See?
It's about a shift of focus. Getting away from thinking "more time at work = better" and moving to "how can I eliminate unproductive time spent 'at work' , and use it for something else"
Some jobs of course just dont have negotiable hours. And some people on the poverty line in less developed nations are lucky to be able to just get any work atall.
The point is though, for people WITH the opportunity (i.e. anyone in the western world, and actually many many people in developing countries), you can use this mindset to change your approach to work. If you're a nurse and you want this lifestyle, you can have it. You probably cant keep being a nurse though.
[–]mr_arkadin 18 points19 points20 points 1 year ago
The current system would totally break down if everyone would attempt to do that.
The current system would totally break down if everyone would attempt to do that.
Why do you personally need to wait for everyone to do something (whatever that may be), in order for you to do it and benefit from it yourself?
[–]Magnusson 8 points9 points10 points 1 year ago
I dunno, categorical imperative?
[–]dotchHopkin 16 points17 points18 points 1 year ago
You kant just suddenly bring philosophy into a reddit discussion. What if everyone did that?
[–]TheLiberalSoup 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
he's making a moral point not a pragmatic one
[–]ggWes 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
If everyone did it, the system would break down is a poor argument. You could say that about anything. If everyone was a banker, a construction worker, ect it would be game over man. What then? Oh noes!
Don't hate on someone that wants to do things differently. Not everyone wants to start a business or can handle the stressors of epic highs and epic lows. Some people only have lows! Your comment makes it sound like its so easy and you just chose not to take that path so you could save the world.
Our society rewards the creative risk takers and innovators. It helps drive much of everything you enjoy in your daily life.
[–]flizz 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago
I don't mind hearing strangers talking themselves out of taking the initiative. That makes entrepreneurism less crowded.
[–]DutchPrisoner 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
The honest title of the book should be "The 4 hour work week (if you grew up with wealthy, intellectually gifted parents, you went to all of the best schools, and now you want to take further advantage of all of the collateral effects of the social and economic inequality that made your cloistered, impossibly rosy upbringing possible)"
[–]cosmonautsix 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
I up voted though I disagree. Middle class upbringing, one year of failed college, and am whittling my business down from 60 hours to about 4 a day. Thanks to this book, helped me step out of many roles that were wasting my time and let others do it for much cheaper.
[–]quiettimes 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago*
The four hour workweek changed my life, so thank you for writing it.
That said, here is my question:
In four hour body, there were two claims you made that seemed highly questionable:
1) a person burns 100 calories in an hour doing normal activities, but burns 107 calories on a treadmill in the same amount of time.
(Sorry if I got the numbers wrong, I don't have the book in front of me)
I know this isn't correct because I burn ~500 calories on an elliptical machine in 40 minutes.
2) You claim that since Europeans survived without fruit in the old days it's fine for people not to eat it now.
This is an odd claim, but also without any attribution (as opposed to most of the rest of the book).
Do you stand by these sentences? If so, why? If not, how did they get in the book?
A confused fan.
[–]vincentc2 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
Tim, I don't get the impression that you've always been successful in everything you've done. How did you turn things around and have BrainQuicken and The 4 Hour Work Week a success?
What's the difference between how you do things and be successful compared to others who try don't deliver?
Also, how did you get into Stanford with low marks?
[–]pihkal 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Uhh, Ferriss went to Princeton.
[–]ghjjf1 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago
I'm really interested in the stuff you have learned about health, no doubt you have gone all scientist on yourself and experimented different things. What has made the biggest difference to your daily health and well being?
[–]CoolstorySteve 8 points9 points10 points 1 year ago
You were awesome on Joe Rogan's podcast. You should go on again!
[–]pretarch 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago*
The best part of the podcast to me was about how he ingests LARGE amounts of mushrooms once per year to "reset".
I didn't see that coming but knowing who he is, and how methodical he is about things made me consider it for existencial reasons.
Go to the 33:45 minute mark: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17192634
[–]robconcept 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
How has the way that you practice the Stoic concept of cultivating a relationship with poverty changed since your success? Have you changed your approach, or has your philosophy changed?
[–]acehunter 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
When are you going to put up the live stream from a few nights ago on ustream or vimeo and when are you going to be on the Joe Rogan Experience again!!!
[–]CaptGravy 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
If you can't fly to China to visit manufacturers, what is the best, and cheapest, way to get samples made for proofing before selecting a manufacturer?
[–]hg698f 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
What is one thing that you tried to do but weren't successful at? Did you have to give it up or are you still trying to accomplish it? How did your failure or continuing struggle with that goal make you feel and how do you deal with that feeling?
[–]shariqhere 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
What are the next 3 business trends/waves that you see online?
(You talked about iphone apps with Kevin Rose and then he started making them with his company Milk. If you consider apps a next trend - what tips do you have to make it big in the app world?)
[–]Corniceman 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Tim I read The 4 Hour Workweek for the first time last April and before I had finished I started working on my muse and came up with some good ideas. I started using the 80/20 predicable and eliminating time wasters as fast as I could. I just quite my 9-5 last week because my 2 muses are making me the same amount of money that my 9-5 was before reading your book. There is a lot more to the story but my point is that my best friends and family that watched me make this transformation are amazed and want to learn what I have. I've started a master mind group based on your book and each month we will read 1-2 chapters and come together to discuss and practice what you teach. This brings us more questions than I can ask here! I want to help the few that can wrap their heads around the concept and change the way they think about money. The only question I can ask now is how can I send a message that your gatekeeper will let through so I can ask more than one question?
[–]awestrom 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Of all your many accomplishments, which one are you most proud of?
[–]SwimmingNaked 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
This isn't all that far from what happens with every best seller. A lot of the massive sales are guaranteed buy-backs from booksellers who aren't able to move product.
[–]pmm621 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
I've been a big fan of Tim for a while, and was definitely influenced to look at automation and getting away from working as an end goal in all of my businesses. At first though, I felt guilty for working so many hours and thought I was doing something wrong. Now I realize I can possibly work up to four hour work weeks with my companies, but in the beginning, it's shitloads of time.
If you follow Tim you see him all over the Internet, tv, print, etc. This dude is everwhereeee, and always coming out with somethIng else.
My question for Tim is simple:
How many fucking hours do you actually work a week?
[–]oibalf 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
I really enjoyed your book the 4 Hour Body. The one thing that I felt was missing (and that I can't seem to find anywhere else) is a good guide to stretching.
So my question is this:
What advice would you give to someone who is trying to increase their flexibility? What is the optimum strategy for stretching?
[–]cheaha 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
I enjoy Random. Do you have plans to do any other sort of podcasts?
[–]Erikthenomad 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
I love the Random show
[–]esaagar 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
Tim, what is your opinion on the leangains philosophy that is thought very highly of on r/fitness? Do you think its viable/sustainable and are the lifts you suggest in Occams protocol better than reverse pyramid training?
[–]sarfreer 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
What's the best/useful/interesting question you've been asked? and what was the answer?
[–]itguyti 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
How the hell did you go to Costa Rica for a week, and spend only $250?
[–]FrankYang 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Medical Tourism, right? He was going to get MRIs done, but they're ridiculously cheaper in outside of America. So, since he was going to get them anyways, he gets them cheaper in Costa Rica, and the money he saved goes towards paying for the vacation.
My father has done this twice now, getting dental work done. Saved loads of money while vacationing.
[–]physicalspiritualist 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
What are your current thoughts on the spirit as it relates to our internal consciousness and to the consciousness of those around us?
After 4HB, I was left with a sense of someone that simply chose to write off anything in that category as unmeasurable and unseen, but there were seeds planted ("grounding" in the 15min orgasm chapter, as a quick example).
After the experience of socializing on a grand scale, connecting with people and deepening individual relationships, and doing experiments with consciousness altering substances, have you come to a different understanding?
I cannot find any reference to you discussing this topic before, and after finding the evidence overwhelming (to scratch the surface: measuring em fields that extend outside the body, Dr. Masaru Emoto's work with water, and my own bodywork with partners), I find it difficult to comprehend that you maintain an arms-length distance from this subject.
He may not be able to answer stuff like this. He has a massive public audience that has no direct involvement with any form of metaphysical talk. Not trying to attack you or your statements because I agree strongly with the "seeds planted" idea and how he seems to dodge loosely around the subject. I'm merely trying to point out that he's not likely to get into this given his position in the world.
Find him in his private quarters with some shrooms, however, and you'll probably hear quite a lot about this. ;)
What was your favorite thing to learn while writing The 4 Hour Chef?
I want to know this so badly, but there is absolutely no way he will answer this question haha.
[–]prettywrong 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
Roughly how many hours a week do you spend on your books / blogs / promotional work?
[–]grace9999 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
In hindsight, what advice would you give to your college/undergraduate self?
[–]jbschirtzinger 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago
This post is a horrible misuse of reddit as far as I'm concerned. Either get your ass on here and answer questions, or fuck off. You don't get to use it as a friggin marketing device where you sit back in the shadows and promise some minimal amount of involvement. You are already at a four hour work week, the least you could do is spend 10 hours answering questions.
Umm... grant from mythbusters did this same thing and everyone loved it. Why the hate?
[–]AndruRC 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
It's a better effort than not appearing at all. The top 10 up-voted questions would logically satisfy the greatest number of people in the least amount of effort. Pareto principle to a T.
[–]skyfia 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago*
It seems that a big part of the success of your books, is that you are able to absorb information from a variety of sources and then present that information from a fresh perspective or link topics together with a clearly defined vision. You also seem quite methodical about the way that you formulate your ideas.
You also do a lot of angel investing / advising startups these days.
[–]acehunter 14 points15 points16 points 1 year ago
Ok so I like Tim Ferriss and all but this guy had been a redditor for over a year and only commented on 4 hour body stuff. I think this AMA is going to go bad quick.
[–]pihkal 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
??? Skyfia's only posted six comments ever (prior to this thread), and only three were for Ferris. Reddit's a big enough time-suck if you're just reading it; I don't think that lack of comments has to mean anything sinister, if that's what you're implying.
[–]skyfia 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
Sorry I'll try and put more one line replies up.
[–]scorchen 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
Slow Carb Diet Questions:
[–]zhaojanelle 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Don't forget the cheat day!
CREME BRULEE! Six helpings. Yes, this was my last Saturday.
[–]LeAftermaths 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Tim, read the 4 hour body and I was disappointed you don't give any tips on acne or spots. Any wonder cures?
[–]shilezi 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
not sure if i ever heard of you until i saw the sxsw clip on youtube(on monday this week). question is, can the ability to memorize, retain and recall complex structures/issues developed in ones late 20's?
Did you enter or finish the Ultra-Marathon you wrote about in 4HB?
[–]darminick 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Hey there! Just wondering if you have any diet tips for a long distance runner who's also trying to drop weight! Trying to balance taking in enough energy for the long runs while avoiding too many carbs!
[–]TheLiberalSoup 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
[–]Galgorth 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
One of the critiques I've read about the 4 Hour Work Week is that you (and presumably anyone who successfully applied 4HWW's principles) spent an inordinate amount of time setting up your business and building it up to a 'steady state' of revenue before you got to the point where you could lean back and only spend 4 hours per week maintaining the business's operations. How would you respond to this?
Finally, some valid criticism.
I also want to know how feasible/difficult it is to start with a four hour workweek, rather than end up with a four hour workweek.
I read your book the 4 hour workweek. your muses show excellent results, with the recommendation toward software as a service. How do I, an unskilled person with no knowledge of software start a site to make money? Are blogs good ways to make mover with ads?
[–]stanigator 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
This is for Tim: Who is his 5 closest mentors throughout his business and writing career? How does each of them stand out?
[–]digdog7 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
What are your thoughts on minimalism?
[–]jsba 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
silly question. I know you are kind of short... like 5'8". How has this affected your success with women, and success in general? I am 5'6"
[–]meganfinke 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Hello Tim!! I recently started reading both of your books but have yet to complete them. My question is about the slow-carb diet. I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes almost 3 years ago at the age of 26. I have an insulin pump & the dexcom unit to assist with my diabetes management. I would like to try out your slow-carb diet, but I'm not quite sure how it would work with Type I... during the normal weekdays, if my glucose level starts to drop, I would have to consume high GI foods- otherwise I'm f*cked. Like-wise, on binge day, if I ate all that yummy garbage, I would likely end up hospitallized with diabetic ketoacidosis. So my question is this: have you ever had a Type I who successfully ate the "slow-carb" way? If so, do you have any tips for such sucess. If not, do you need a guinea pig to experiment on ;)
[–]dogdog23 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
I have read your book, The 4-Hour Body and I have lost 25lbs in a matter of a month following the slow carb diet. I really want to thank you for this!
However, I also tried to gain muscle mass using the Geek to Freak method and also the Occam Protocol but I have barley gained anything in the past 5 months. What gives?
[–]rcmeadows 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
I just read the 4 hour work week. I am now thinking I need to read the 4 hour body. Thanks, reddit.
[–]jvanweze 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
check out the book the education of millionaires, if he doesnt get to your question
[–]kat1982 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
I've read the 4-Hour Body (great read, BTW) and you seriously put yourself through some crazy shit! What, in your opinion, was the most ridiculously hardcore thing you did to lose weight?
[–]ellimister23 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago*
I've been thinking of trying to get in touch with you for several months now, and this might be my best (maybe only) chance.
I'm a dumb college aged kid and was recently plucked from obscurity to start a new company for a small yet known brand name (you've heard of them). It's complicated and I'd rather not reveal the name, but after the past 9 months this company (that I have complete control over) is set for a multi-million dollar first year with huge growth potential. I've been able to score articles about this company on websites like Yahoo! and all the rest of those new organizations.
The problem is that I don't think I'm maximizing the potential and honestly may be in over my head. I would hate for a competitor to start up and take our idea and completely leave us in the dust, or possibly get bumped so they can bring someone else in who has a better idea of how to handle things. I don't know much about running a business, but I know a lot about this industry and realize the full potential.
If I do this right, I'm pretty much set for life and will join you in the 4-Hour club. But.... I need help, and there's not really anyone I can go to. This whole situation sounds weird, I know, but man I would appreciate it if you could private message me or give me the go ahead to contact you in some way.....
[–]jbschirtzinger 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
I've owned a business or two myself, and outside of making more money, nobody ever knows how to "run one". If you make money you are a success, and if you lost it you are canned. It's really about that simple.
My advice to you, though, is to have confidence either way. If people see you sweat, they will use that against you in a heartbeat. It isn't necessary that you KNOW what you are doing, but it is necessary that you LOOK like you do.
[–]ephemerality 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
Tim, your strategy in life seems to be hack everything. I can appreciate this, as a hacker myself, but it also makes me distrust everything you say. You may have more incentive to monetize bullshit than to produce quality advice. How to you respond to that? Of course, I probably won't believe your answer.
[–]IrritableOwlSyndrome 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
How do I avoid having to spend the other 36 hours of my work week with my wife and kids?
[–]ImSpicy 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
4-Hour Body got me pointed in the right direction for losing weight after a crappy separation. Currently, I'm down over 80lbs.
[–]RobotOrgy 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
I listened to the 4 Hour Workweek awhile back and the prospect of if had me very excited. However, after listening to it I realized that it is geared towards people who work in an office setting. I, for example, cannot outsource any of my work to foreign PA's. Do you have any advice for people who work manual labor or otherwise?
[–]Notmyrealname 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
How much more do you think you could accomplish in life if you spent 5 hours a week doing something instead of 4?
[–]givemesnow 6 points7 points8 points 1 year ago*
The book does not advocate only investing 4 hours a week into your career. It teaches processes for digging deep and turning something you love into a full time business, delegating anything and everything you can, and hopefully thereby only spending 4 hours a week working on the things you don't enjoy. I hope you realize you are literally judging a book by it's cover, and if that's how you live the rest of your life it's no wonder you spend your time on reddit trying to bring down bestselling authors whose books you surely haven't taken the time to read
[–]Notmyrealname 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago
I swear this is a true story. I went to a high school in LA and you crashed our prom after party (Universal Hilton). You ended up taking the virginity of a girl named Roseanne. You didn't call her afterwards. She cried a lot. Do you remember any of this and can confirm or have you been so knee deep in 4-Hour pooty for so long that this qualifies as a mere blip?
/I'm not kidding.
[–]randomsnark 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Is this a reference to something? This was word for word in the woody harrelson AMA too. What's the original?
[–]akharon 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago
Be sure to check out Rampart, coming soon to theaters everywhere!
[–]najra3000 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Which of the things you learned in the 4HB would be most useful if you were competing in Sanda (Chinese Kickboxing) competitions now?
What advice do you have to recent college graduates looking to enter the [4-hour] workforce? How can we get started making money in the flexible fashion you recommend?
[–]uuilson 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
What one book has been most influential on your way of thinking and why?
[–]solan 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
I'm too lazy to source, but on his blog he repeatedly references Seneca and his teachings.
[–]cheaprug 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
What is the one thing that people should start doing today that would have the biggest impact on improving their lives and well-being?
[–]kenmoorhead 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
My grip is becoming the weak link in my deadlifting. What exercises can you recommend for improving grip?
I'm focusing on increasing my strength, focusing on the 5x5 routine outlined recently on the 4HWW blog- I only do dead, bench and squat. 1 exercise each day, heavy and light days each week. I've been able to increase weight regularly since December (with regular deload weeks) and am scheduled to pull 300lbs in mid-March (currently weigh 175lbs).
I've started using FatGripz on my light deadlift day (3 weeks now), and they're definitely blasting my forearms... I'm just wondering if there are specific exercises I can do to fix the weak link effectively and efficiently?
[–]flancer4hire 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
I lost 38 pounds in less then two months. Thank you Mr. Ferriss!
[–]mattvot 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Can you describe the most dangerous situation you have ever been in?
[–]Dajinius 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
What does it feel to be such a polarizing figure? It seems like people worship you or consider you to be the biggest douchebag.
I read both of your books. 75% is bullshit or does not apply. However, the other 25% drastically changed my life. I am now an entrepreneur, author and down 10kg of fat.
So thank you!
[–]TerribleEstimation 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
It's great to see you on here as I just read The 4-Hour Workweek last week. I think there are a lot of great suggestions for people in the book. However, it seems like the overall work style it promotes is not well-suited for a lot of occupations. It obviously works for things like online sales, especially when the person isn't really a craftsman but more a salesperson of a good already produced or made/fulfilled elsewhere. I do think a lot of the bigger themes are universally applicable, but you can't really expect a lot of people to outsource their work or minimize contact with the outside world .
I was wondering what sorts of occupations you think this approach is best-suited for, and which types of occupations just wouldn't be good candidates for the overall approach.
[–]slothchunk 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Why are so many retarded comments by negative-nancy losers getting upvoted?
Yes, it's easier to sit on your ass and pretend like you know what you're talking about vs. going out and actually doing something. Big news. I expect there to be this kind of feedback to someone who has accomplished so much, but for the whole community to upvote this crap?
[–]afewseekhay 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Thanks for writing those books Tim! Outside of a multivitamin, what are your top 5 must-have supplements?
[–]Smoochiekins 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
Is there seriously no rules against this kind of behaviour on reddit? Isn't the whole point of an AMA that the author engages the redditors at their own level through direct interaction and answers their questions as they come?
[–]The_Zeus_Is_Loose 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago
Have you seen Rampart?
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