Ferriss embraced the principle that "fear is your friend" while overcoming his trepidation of swimming, dancing and learning new languages.
Learn his methods to rethink "false constructs and untested assumptions."
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A self-described human guinea pig, Tim Ferriss has parlayed his self-experimentation into a pair of blockbuster self-help books. His first, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, shares the secrets to his success in outsourcing most of the work for his online nutritional-supplements company, BrainQuicken. The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman, chronicles his efforts to maximize his physical potential. Ferriss holds the world record for executing the most tango spins in a minute, a feat he performed on the TV show Live with Regis and Kelly. He is a guest lecturer at Princeton University and a faculty member at Singularity University.
Tim Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Work Week, recalls his experience as a foreign exchange student in Japan and reveals the difficulty he had learning the language. Ferriss, who offers tips on overcoming language barriers, says, "It's often times what you do -- not how you do it -- that is the determining factor."
This presentation leaves a lot unsaid. I must ask, why did Tim Ferriss say that it is NOT the fault of the swim coaches, that swimming is taught incorrectly? (Discrepancies between methods taught and methods in practice were discovered at least a century ago, by Frank Gilbreth.) As part of the institutions of education imposed upon us, irreplaceable time and money is consumed, to perpetuate ineffective and wasteful practices. And it is not as if our schools and other educational institutions are producing satisfactory results, in any field. Does Tim Ferriss feel the same way about the foreign language teachers, who waste students' time? We are talking about "institutions" that produce very little results, but still lay claim to a large part of the parents' tax money, and all of the students' time. At the same time, these same institutions come back and tell us, they don't know why students are not learning, and have no idea how to remedy the situation. Are the institutions NOT doing "research"? Only eccentric outsiders, like Tim Ferriss, can give us a fresh viewpoint? --and then let the subject drop, and get forgotten, as we continue our current death march of education.
The most recent case to be rediscovered, is cumulative brain damage, caused by repeated impacts to the skull, in organized sport. When I was in school, the institution of physical education encouraged violent collisions to the point that one student died, after "just one little bump". And the most gruesome aspect was, as one of my classmates was brave enough to point out, everyone was "proud". --especially the coaches. This was hardly lifetime fitness, as it was justified, as mandatory education.
The lesson to be learned here is clear. AVOID AT ALL COSTS BECOMING ANYTHING THAT RESEMBLES THIS GUY - I mean, please, does anyone really takes this complete and utter garbage seriously!!! If you do, I FEEL sorry for you, and I hope I will never meet you
Don't be ridiculous reviewers who think Tim is narcissistic.
Tim is great at deconstruction and uses his own life experience to drive points home. His book The 4 Hour Work Week was life changing for countless numbers of people and I loved this presentation.
5 Stars and a favorite view of mine. Bravo Tim!