Not Your Typical Self-Help Author: A Look At Timothy Ferriss, The Four Hour Master

Timothy Ferriss (more commonly known as Tim Ferriss) is creating super humans. And I can testify to it. With all the self-help and self-motivation books out there, it is easy to get bogged down on where to start. Fear not… Tim Ferriss is your guy. But first some background.

Ferriss is the author of three bestselling books. His first book, The 4-Hour Workweek, was a number 1 New York Times bestseller as was his second book, The 4-Hour Body. His third book, The 4-Hour Chef was listed as a number 1 on the Wall Street Journal. He is also an entrepreneur, public speaker and amasser of a number of seemingly strange titles including, but not limited to being the first American to hold a Guinness World Record in tango, national Chinese kickboxing champion, and horseback archer.

I have read and re-read each of these three books. And each time I do, I find some new nugget of information, a hidden gem that spurs me on and helps me achieve any personal goals I may have set that week, month or year. Ferriss writing style is extremely engaging, funny, and down to earth. He is your everyday man, and presents ideas and theories that are usually complex in simple easy to read terms. This was the key for me.


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Whether it is language acquisition, weight loss, strengthening your 10k times, improving your sex life, or even creating your own remote working environment so as to create more free time for yourself, Tim’s books have it all.

For me personally, I have embarked on a number of different ventures, thanks to Tim’s guidance and advice. Some of these projects include:

  • cooking new dishes and exploring the world of culinary art, something I never thought I would do a year ago.
  • reaching an everyday conversational fluency in Chinese, and also basics in Spanish (my latest venture).
  • significantly improving my strength and flexibility.
  • reducing stress and maximizing efficiency with work and personal emails.
  • applying Tim’s travel advice with regards to packing and learning new skills during extended travel times (yoga and surfing in Costa Rica anyone?).

But don’t just take my advice! A quick look at his website will give you more than a taste of what Tim Ferriss actually gets up to on a day-to-day basis. Which, in my own simplistic terms, is this- breaking down and challenging commonly held beliefs and experimenting (with everything!) so that his fans can sculpt themselves into awesome, well rounded human beings.

Which books help you feel more energized and ready to take on the world?

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