Thursday, July 31, 2008

The 4 Hour Work Week

Today I came across a an interesting blog by Tim Ferris. I never heard his name before so I was a little taken aback by his attitude about Twitter.

Tim says about Twitter, "I don't follow anyone on Twitter. To some, this is sacrilege."

I checked his stats page. Sure enough, Tim follows no one. Yet he has 3,857 followers.

Tim continues, "Imagine that you send an email to 10 people inviting them to a party, but you BCC 100 more casual friends who are uninvited. How will those 100 feel? Offended and somewhat resentful, just as I would."

I thought his attitude was quite haughty until I learned more about the man.

Tim wrote a book called "The Four Hour Work Week". You can buy it at amazon for about 12 bucks. I noticed on Amazon that "others who bought this item also bought" Seth Godin's "The Dip." The puzzle pieces are coming together. Tim is a successful author if scores of people selling his book as affiliates of Amazon is any indication.

His book is mainly about how to outsource as much as possible in your business life so that you have more time for other activities.

I found an interview with Tim by Scott Allen on Here Tim describes how he got caught up in the "overwork ethic" as a salesman for a Silicon Valley company. He was working 80 hours a week. That company went belly up in the 2001 dot bomb debacle. Tim moved on to "pharmaceutical design." A couple of years later he was making very good money at a sports nutrition company. But he felt dissatisfied with the long hours.

Tim started his own company and traveled to 20 countries. He started making more money and working fewer hours. This discovery led to the writing of "The 4 Hour Work Week." Apparently Tim made enough money not to be concerned with mundane activity like following other people.

One of Tim's post on his Twitter page is "Just bumped into Paul McCartney in an Amagansett coffee shop. He was playing a harmonica for a baby in a stroller. How cool is that? "

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Greg Cryns
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1 comment:

  1. The whole twitter phenomenon is quite curious. I love watching it evolve right before my eyes.

    Iim is right you know, Twitter is like being on 'party line' with hundreds of other people. Reading the public stream you're able to connect with people you might have never otherwise realized, all because you read an interesting tidbit in the public stream.

    Curiously facinating. Brings whole new meaning to the phrase "people watcher".