Do you know who Tim Ferriss is? Discover his biography and learn life hacks from this master – WAU
Do you know those billionaire entrepreneurs, who inspire half the world and preach the importance of working as hard as necessary, if necessary dedicating their lives to it? Tim Ferriss is not one of them. But don’t get me wrong, he is an entrepreneur who inspires a lot of people, and undoubtedly works to achieve several goals – some of them very unusual. THE […]
Do you know those billionaire entrepreneurs, who inspire half the world and preach the importance of working as hard as necessary, if necessary dedicating their lives to it?
Tim Ferriss is not one of them.
But don’t get me wrong, he is an entrepreneur who inspires a lot of people, and undoubtedly works to achieve several goals – some of them very unusual.
The point is that, different from the “executive who will dominate the world” type, this guy can be considered a master for other reasons.
He managed combine professional results with the tranquility of a well-fulfilled personal life, and after that he started teaching others how to do the same.
Like the idea?
So learn more about this remarkable figure and, while doing so, learn some life saving hacks that Tim has to teach us!
Who is Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss is a American angel entrepreneur, writer, speaker and investor.
Okay, that is already the description of a professional with a lot of respect, but still it is not enough to describe how good the guy is.
He created a concept that led him to be considered a productivity guru, in addition to accumulating successful investments and incredible personal achievements.
Why Tim Ferriss is a master you must follow
Is it an exaggeration to call Tim Ferriss a master? Absolutely not, and I’m going to explain why right now.
The very definition of the word describes someone who has exceptional knowledge, competence or talent in any art or science, and also someone who teaches.
As you will see below, Tim fits this definition very well, and deserves your attention:
If you’ve heard of Tim Ferriss before, it’s probably because of his book Work 4 Hours a Week, a worldwide bestseller published in more than 35 languages.
Work 4 Hours a Week
But that was not the only book the guy released to reach the top of the shelves.
He also published 4 Hours for the Body, a bestseller in the New York Times, and The Four Hour Chef, among the bestsellers in the Wall Street Journal.
4 Hours for the Body
Another important aspect of Tim Ferriss is his role as an angel investor, which is also notable. Some of your investments include companies like:
- and many others.
These investments in companies that became market giants were enough for him to be placed among the top 20 angel investors in 2014.
A speaker’s recognition is usually measured by the events and places where he has already spoken.
Want to see a list of the places Ferriss has done this for?
Some of the most notable companies on the planet have already invited Ferriss to speak, such as:
- Harvard Business School;
- United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA);
In addition to all these organizations, he has also been a guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003, and talks about entrepreneurship as a tool for transforming the world.
How Tim Ferriss’ content changes lives
Again, does it seem overkill?
Well, I present you a case here at WAU: Diego Gomes wrote about how Tim Ferriss changed his life.
In addition, he received a “love letter” published in a Forbes article. You can see that the content of Ferriss is impressive, isn’t it?
So, see in what ways it produces quality content, and already take the opportunity to know (after reading this article to the end, of course) some of these channels:
Tim Ferriss’ blog is the center of all your content production, and as it could not be otherwise, deserves attention from anyone who finds his teachings interesting.
The blog is also well recognized in the media, achieving mention of respected publications, including:
- one of the 19 blogs that readers should bookmark, by Inc magazine;
- first among the 150 management and leadership blogs worldwide.
A bonus: Tim’s profile on Twitter also deserves mention of honor, as it was considered one of the 5 accounts that entrepreneurs should follow for Mashable, one of the main social media sites in the world.
The podcast led by him has a really interesting concept: deconstruct the journeys of people who perform high-level tasks, and learn from what they do.
Typically, the podcast is at # 1 on iTunes, and has already received some awards, such as:
- best iTunes podcast for 3 years in a row;
- podcast episode of the year in 2015, on iTunes, due to the episode with actor Jamie Foxx.
Of the 3 books already cited here, the first – Work 4 Hours a Week – is certainly the best known, and the one that most impacted Tim’s career.
The teachings in the book basically show how to seek a balance between the lifestyle people idealize and a more practical solution, different from what most people think of doing.
The other two books work on the same concept of productivity, but applied to more specific concepts, such as cooking and body care.
The point is that Tim is not considered a productivity guru for nothing: his most widespread concepts are based on the good distribution of time, with the 80/20 rule, and other techniques that are worth applying.
5 fun facts about Tim Ferriss and what we learned from them
In the title of the article we promised some life hacks, and now is the time to see what they are.
For someone who hits the balance between personal and professional life so much, you would expect Tim Ferriss to do something interesting in his spare time, right?
Because it does a LOT of interesting things. See 5 of them, and what this can teach us in practice:
Well, in addition to conquering the business world, he also won the title of national kickboxing champion in China.
We are not talking about a hobby, but a national title!
If the person in question were an athlete already known, someone who dedicated his life to the sport, it would be more natural.
But when you think of a figure like Ferriss, hardly anyone will think of a feat like that.
The lesson here is: sometimes you just have to evade labels, breaking expectations and, above all, challenging yourself to achieve new goals.
Speaks 5 languages
Tim’s other notable achievement was learning to speak 5 languages at different levels – as he likes to notice. The list includes:
- English, your native language;
- Chinese mandarin;
- and Spanish.
The vast majority of people find it difficult to learn even one language, but he managed to learn 4 languages, some considered quite complicated.
According to Tim, the secret was to find the right way to learn. This lesson can be applied in any area of life, and produce great results.
First American to set a Guinness tango record
While traveling through Argentina, Tim decided to take some tango lessons.
To challenge himself, he decided to participate in a dance competition, competing against professionals.
Observing the behavior of the best dancers, he noticed a pattern, which he would imitate when developing his own dance style.
The result was a world record for tango – the first to be recorded by an American – while competing in the competition.
What can we learn from this? Observe how the best work and applying some of its methods can have great benefits.
Voted Best Self Promoter of 2008 by Wired Magazine
Among the various awards and recognitions that he has received from the press, one that stands out was the title of best “self promoter” of 2008, granted by Wired magazine.
What draws attention is the style of Ferriss, which is nowhere near as aggressive as that of other influencers, such as Gary Vaynerchuck, but it is not without success.
It just proves that there is no need to completely change your personality, just know how to use the best and genuinely create value for others.
Learned to surf in Florianópolis
Tim also learned to surf in Florianópolis.
But aside from the fact that he came to London, what’s interesting about that? How about the fact that you were born premature and had only one of your lungs fully functioning?
Because of this problem, swimming has always been a traumatic situation for him, and it took a lot of effort to see himself on a board, surrounded by deep water.
After that, Tim managed to overcome his fears, and today he enjoys swimming and surfing. Overcoming trauma can be very difficult, but it can open new horizons.
Did you feel tired just reading this article?
Perhaps the greatest lesson that Tim Ferriss has to teach us is that to succeed in business you don’t have to leave your personal life behind.
In fact, it is very likely that one thing is linked to another more often than we think.
If you enjoyed meeting Tim Ferriss, you will probably find it cool to discover another important figure in the marketing world: Brian Halligan. See who he is and what lessons he has to share!