Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss

“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”

  • NATIONALITY: American
  • SUMMARY: Tim Ferriss is an author, blogger and motivational speaker known for his books The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body
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Timothy Ferriss was born in New York and grew up in neighbouring East Hampton. He attended St. Paul’s, a New Hampshire boarding school, and during his junior year traveled to Japan as an exchange student. He was later admitted into Princeton University due to the strength of his application essay.

He made his first foray into publishing with the audiobook How I Beat the Ivy League and took on a number of occupations, including speed-reading instruction and Chinese kickboxing, before graduating from Princeton in 2000 with a focus on East Asian studies. He then moved to the San Francisco area to work for a Silicon Valley start-up. Overworked and underpaid, he started his own nutritional supplement company, BodyQUICK, which turned into a highly successful yet time-consuming venture.

After traveling to London, he had a breakdown and ultimately decided to streamline his business, hiring virtual assistants and becoming more efficient with his email usage. He also became a globe-trotter, traveling to locales like Ireland and Germany and ending up in Argentina. There he took up the tango, starting with a beginner’s class and making it to the semifinals of the world championships. In 2006, he entered the Guinness World Records for the most tango spins in one minute—37—with his dancing partner Alicia Monti on the talk show Live With Regis and Kelly.

He would eventually document his business philosophy in the 2007 release The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, published by Crown, a division of Random House. Though initially rejected by many publishers, the book was a major hit, becoming a No. 1 New York Times best seller and remaining on the list for years while being translated into multiple languages.

In 2010, he released a 4-Hour follow-up, The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman. The book also went to the top of the Times best-seller list, though physicians have challenged the validity of the some of the content.

He has documented much of his work online with his blog and has an assortment of Web videos offering instruction on diverse topics, including suitcase organization and eating with chopsticks. He has become an in-demand speaker and has appeared on a number of media-generated lists as an innovative businessman and promoter, though he’s also faced staunch criticism for his ideas. He has also served on the faculty at Singularity University, an institution that studies new technologies. He also runs a highly successful podcast with well over 100 million downloads.

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