Tim Ferriss; American author, entrepreneur, human guinea pig and public speaker.
I’m trying to think how I discovered Tim Ferriss and I’m pretty sure it was back in December 2016. I had already read You are a Badass by Jen Sincero and this lead me down a little path of self-help and self-discovery.
First off I bought his book,The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman after downloading the first few chapters on to my kindle. (I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to read a book with a title like that?!)
I always put on a ridiculous amount of weight at Christmas and after reading chapter one I was hooked, not only on The 4-hour body principal but on Tim Ferriss.
The 4-hour body covers more than 50 topics, including rapid fat loss, increasing strength, boosting endurance, and polyphasic sleep. He talks about 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.
The best bit…it takes 4 hours per month.
The book is a flexible read; you can dive in and get started straight away or you can explore his diet and the method behind it in more detail.
His diet is meant to offer the type of advice that will make friends say
“What the %&*$ have you been doing?!”
I did the diet in Jan 2017, along with my husband, and we both lost weight. Him more than me…he lost a stone (14lbs) in 30 days. A couple of his friends have also done the diet and they did very well on it. It seems to work very well with males. (Let’s hope they all paid attention to the chapter starting on page 226!)
One of the best parts was discovering “Cheat Day”.
One day a week you can gorge on whatever you like. There are some rules but this is the highlight and perhaps what makes the diet so do-able.
It is soooo much more than a diet book though. For an inquiring mind like mine, it was a fascinating read (I read all chapters in detail). It’s a great insight into our body, how it works and more importantly how we can manipulate it to our advantage.
About Tim Ferriss
He is an American author, entrepreneur, self-proclaimed “human guinea pig”, and public speaker.
His quest for knowledge knows no bounds. He’s admirable, not only does he do extensive research into some pretty weird and wonderful topics but he measures and shares everything. This takes dedication, willpower and hard work. He’s willing to put himself out there – and I mean, out there out there.
He is listed as one of Fast Company‘s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Fortune‘s “40 under 40”.
He is an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify) and the author of four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and his latest book, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.
The Observer and other media have called Tim “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which is the first business/interview podcast to exceed 100 million downloads.
Over the years Tim Ferriss has interviewed a huge variety of people from all walks of life. He made vigourus notes during his interviews so he’d never forget the tips and tricks these people had to offer.
Tools of Titans offers up snippets of the best bits from the best people.
FItness, Money and Wisdom are the topics covered. You’ll find chapters with advice from people such as Amelia Boone, Dr Rhonda Patrick, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Seth Godin.
There are a few non-profile chapters thrown in, with topics such as ” Lazy: A Manifesto” and “8 Tactics for Dealing with Haters”
It’s a dip in / dip out type of book so you can pick and choose who you are most interested in.
All in all the book is a great read and one that I will keep for a long time as I haven’t quite “finished” it yet.
Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, high-end world travel, monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint. You can have it all—really.
He will teach you;
- How to outsource your life and do whatever you want for a year, only to return to a bank account 50% larger than before you left
- How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
- How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of little-known European economists
- How to train your boss to value performance over presence, or kill your job (or company) if it’s beyond repair
- How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”
- What automated cash-flow “muses” are and how to create one in 2-4 weeks
- How to cultivate selective ignorance—and create time—with a low-information diet
- Management secrets of Remote Control CEOs
- The crucial difference between absolute and relative income
- How to get free housing worldwide and airfare at 50-80% off
- How to fill the void and creating meaning after removing work and the office
The 4-Hour Workweek also includes the sample e-mails, voicemails, and real-life deals (with dollar figures and all) you will need to master the new world of luxury lifestyle design.
Check out Tim Ferriss via his podcast. You won’t be disappointed and you are guaranteed to learn something new.
Kindest regards, Livvy