Timothy Ferriss: The 4-Hour Self Help Guru

Timothy Ferriss is the author of the popular self help book 'The 4-Hour Workweek'. He is also an in-demand motivational speaker and television personality.

His mission is to teach people how to get more done in less time and achieve a higher level of success than imagined possible. His book inspired a generation of workers to look at entrepreneurism in a completely new light.

Timothy Ferriss: The Beginning

Timothy Ferriss was born on July 20, 1977 in East Hampton, New York. After graduation from high school, he attended Princeton University, majored in East Asian Studies, and studied Neuroscience.

Ferriss developed his writing skills by working with John McPhee and learned philosophical principals from Kenzaburo Oe. He discovered the Pareto Principle and Parkinson's Law and based his business beliefs and motivational teachings upon them.
Parkinson's Law states that work expands to fill the time available for its completion. The Pareto Principle observes that 80% of the results come from 20% of the action. These beliefs taken together helped Ferriss formulate his plan for super success with minimal effort.

The early career of Ferriss started out with him founding an internet company called BrainQUICKEN that sold nutritional products for brain health. Since then he has become an investor in many online ventures and other entrepreneurial activities.

He bills himself as a serial entrepreneur and ultravagabond. While his accomplishments have been many, his main focus continues to be on developing plenty of free time to pursue a fulfilling personal life.

The Accomplishments of Timothy Ferriss

Timothy Ferriss has many accomplishments outside of being the author of one (or several) of the top selling self help books on the market. In fact, his ability to become successful in such a wide range of areas in such a short time, led to his History Channel show, Trial By Fire, which challenged him to learn a skill in one week that normally took years to master.

Other accomplishments of Ferriss include being a national Chinese kickboxing champion, Guinness World Record holder in tango spins, advisor to Olympic athletes, TV series actor in China, Princeton lecturer, cage fighter, Wired Magazine's "Greatest Self-Promoter of All Time," and Fast Company's "Most Innovative Business People of 2007."

Ferris is much sought after for his advice and motivational speaking abilities. He has coached many sports professionals, students at leading educational institutions, and giant corporations such as Google. He is very active in Internet entrepreneurism and has invested in or advised some of the major online companies such as Twitter, StumbleUpon, and DailyBurn. He has appeared on many talk shows and been interviewed for countless magazine articles as he attempts to spread his self help advice of working smarter and enjoying life more.

Timothy Ferriss and 'The 4-Hour Workweek'

'The 4-Hour Workweek' is one of the best received self help books of modern times since it speaks well to the internet generation. Ferris wrote this book when he was just 29 years old and already more successful than many corporate executives twice his age.

The full title of his top selling book is 'The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich'. It was published in 2007 and went on to become number one on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller lists.

Unlike other popular personal development books that urge people to change their thoughts or use positive thinking, Timothy Ferris offers practical self help advice readers can use to become successful entrepreneurs. 'The 4-Hour Workweek' was written in autobiographical style so readers could follow how well these principles worked in Ferriss' life.

In addition, the revised version of the book that was published in 2009 contains case studies of people who used the methods described in the book and had successful outcomes.

The self improvement advice offered by Timothy Ferriss in 'The 4-Hour Workweek' is based on DEAL or Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation. In essence, Ferris advises readers to first define, or figure out what they want and what it will cost them to get it. Next comes elimination. This is based on the Pareto Principle, or the 80-20 rule. This is about time management and using time effectively to get maximum results from minimal effort.

Automation plays a very important role in Ferriss' philosophy because this allows readers to set up passive income streams that continue to bring in money even while not actually working. This includes using techniques such as outsourcing, drop shipping, and internet automation.

Liberation is the goal of Ferris' self help advice. He encourages readers to create a new lifestyle where they are free from restrictions because of a job so they are able to live, work, and play in any geographical location. One way he promotes doing this is to use the internet in a non-conventional way. He advises outsourcing to virtual assistants oversees so entrepreneurs aren't tied to email or instant messaging in order for their businesses to run smoothly.

Timothy Ferriss and 'The 4-Hour Body'

Ferriss' self help advice extends beyond the financial realm. He also promotes building the best body possible in his book, 'The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman'. This book was published in 2010 after interviewing more than 200 experts related to the fitness industry and everyday fitness buffs.

He developed his methods using blood chemistry results in areas such as testosterone, blood glucose, and insulin levels. Rather than a step-by-step diet book, 'The 4-Hour Body' is more like a buffet of choices for self help enthusiasts as it covers topics from polyphasic sleep, rapid fat loss, and muscle building. Since Timothy Ferriss is well known for imparting valuable self help advice, this book debuted at the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller List and also earned top five rankings on Amazon, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.

In his book, Ferris offers workout routines and dietary choices that helped him and others achieve results quickly with the least amount of effort. He did receive some criticism for his work as some perceived it as offering health advice without a medical license or healthcare training.

Timothy Ferris and 'The 4-Hour Chef'

'The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life' is set to be published in September 2012. This much anticipated cookbook by Ferris promises to offer cooking shortcuts, tips, and recipes obtained from world famous chefs that will have readers cooking like professionals in no time at all. Ferris' third book is expected to also contain recipes for the Slow-Carb Diet he introduced in 'The 4-Hour Body'.

Timothy Ferris Today

Timothy Ferris continues to give motivational speeches to packed audiences and entrepreneurial conventions. He updates his blog frequently with useful self help advice in areas as diverse as business ideas to recipes to surviving physical attack.

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