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Tim Ferriss
Timothy Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People," Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index for 2012. He is an angel investor/adviser (Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, and 20+ more) and author of three #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek. His experiments can be found on his award-winning blog.

Entries by Tim Ferriss

I Went 21 Days Without Complaining and It Changed My Life

(76) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 4:58 PM

"This $@#&ing Mac will be the death of me. Intuitive, my ass."

It just slipped out, and I don't think I can be blamed. I was ready to leave the PC behind and take my Mac overseas for the first time when I couldn't figure out how to resize photos....

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How I Learned to Read 300 Percent Faster in 20 Minutes

(49) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 4:00 PM

How much more could you get done if you completed all of your required reading in one-third or one-fifth the time?

Increasing reading speed is a process of controlling fine motor movement -- period.

This post is a condensed overview of principles I taught to undergraduates at Princeton University in...

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Productivity Tricks for the Neurotic and Crazy (Like Me)

(8) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:14 PM

I originally wrote this post months ago, but I've been too self-conscious to publish it until now. This quote convinced me to put on my big girl pants:

"The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you're walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your...

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An Ideal Day (or Weekend) in San Francisco - 16 Fun and Weird Activities

(10) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 12:12 PM

San Francisco is my favorite city in the world, bar none.

I love NYC, I love Bali, and I love Buenos Aires, but SF is the place for me. And since I've been here for 10+ years, I get asked a lot: what should I do when I visit?

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How One Woman Went From Obesity to a Bikini Body

(645) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 11:51 AM


This post will explain exactly how Briana, a mother of three and reader of my blog, lost 100 pounds. It's a lot simpler than you might think.

For additional real-world examples and the fundamentals, I suggest reading How to Lose 100...

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10 Uncommon 'Superfoods' From the World of Ultra-Endurance

(100) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 12:54 PM


While doing research for The 4-Hour Body back in 2009, I resorted to Twitter in search of elite athletes who performed well on a vegan diet. I was repeatedly referred to Rich Roll, whom Men's Fitness Magazine dubbed...

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Going Balls Out: The Eggocado

(496) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 9:03 AM

This article is an excerpt from The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Any Skill, and Living the Good Life.

Need a break from scrambled eggs? Change it up using the mighty avocado (derived from the Aztec word for "testicle" [ahuacatl], by the...

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How to Memorize a Deck of Cards in 43 Seconds

(160) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 2:18 PM

This article is an excerpt from The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Any Skill, and Living the Good Life.

To become a Grand Master of Memory -- fewer than 100 in the world can claim that title -- you need to satisfy...

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5 Tricks for Tasting Food Like a Master Chef

(5) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 12:47 PM

The following is an excerpt from The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Any Skill, and Living the Good Life

"Is this basil?" "No."

"This is . . . basil?" "No."

"What is this?"


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How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

(74) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 9:59 AM

The following is adapted from The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Any Skill, and Living the Good Life

I was drinking the best cup of coffee I'd ever brewed, without a doubt. Even as a palate idiot, I could tell: it was...

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11 Tricks for Perfect Sleep

(80) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Adapted from The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

"God, what a beautiful beach. Calm. Nice translucent turquoise water. I should really go back to Thailand. I wonder what time it is in Thailand. But... why is there a mangy German...

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The 4-Hour Body: How Do You Follow Up A #1 Bestseller Without Repeating Yourself?

(4) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 6:50 AM

After 'The 4-Hour Work Week,' the wider world thinks I'm obsessed with time management, but they haven't seen my true obsession: physical optimization.

I've recorded almost every workout I've done since age 18. Since 2004, I've been tracking everything from complete lipid panels, insulin, and hemoglobin A1c, to IGF-1 and...

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Cold Remedy: 18 Real-World Lifestyle Design Case Studies (Now, It's Your Turn)

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 2:48 PM

If not in 2010, then when? (Photo: jphilipson)

The video case studies that I asked for in the last post really caught me unprepared. happy that it's hard to put it into words.

From Denmark to India, from college students to...

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How to Create a Global Phenomenon With Less Than $10,000

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 1:36 PM

Here is my most recent keynote from the 2,000-person+ Le Web in Paris, which focused on how to catalyze a global phenomenon on a very limited budget. Topics include:

  • How to sell "around the product" for more coverage.
  • The three necessary types of media exposure.
  • Real-world tipping points from the...
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Top 3 Travel Spots: Tim Ferriss And Kevin Rose's Picks

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 3:10 PM

This is a continuation of the Random series. Past episodes include language learning, start-up advice, must-read books, and more.

Random - China Episode 2 Part B from

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The Barefoot Alternative: Vibram Five Fingers Shoes

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2009 | 4:21 PM

Tim Ferriss on Vibram Shoes from Kevin Rose on Vimeo.

"The human foot is a work of art and a masterpiece of engineering."
--Leonardo Da Vinci

"OK, dude,...

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Measuring Social Media Campaigns: A Philanthropic Case Study

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 4:52 PM

Bueller? Bueller? Quantifying results need not be boring. Keep it simple to keep it interesting... and actionable. (photo: foundphotoslj)

Have you really seen ROI from Social Media?

Social media marketing! Twitter consultancies! Conversational communications! Oh, these are exciting times.

It seems like everyone and their...

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My Conversation with Kevin Rose About Angel Investing and Naming Companies

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 2:47 PM

In this video, Kevin Rose -- founder of Digg and others -- and I talk about how we invest in other companies as "angels" and how we choose names for companies. Topics include:

-How to test company or product names using Google AdWords
-Kevin's criteria...

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Timothy Ferriss vs. Gary Vaynerchuk

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2008 | 9:42 AM

I recently did a Google search for my own name (as any good narcissist or paranoid will do), and I found an article on titled "Timothy Ferriss vs. Gary Vaynerchuk".

The topic was a good one: opposite ends of the social media spectrum. Is it better...

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How to Surf Life: Attorney Turned Surf Guru

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2008 | 11:53 AM

Many a false step was made by standing still.
-Fortune Cookie

Named must your fear be before banish it you can.
-Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back


Twenty feet and closing.

"Run! Ruuuuuuuuuun!" Hans didn't speak Portuguese, but the meaning was...

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