Free 6-Hour Seminar with Tim Ferriss

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I know we have a lot of 4-Hour Workweek, 4-Hour Body, and Tim Ferriss fans in general here on WSO, so I thought I'd tip you guys off to a free 2-day, 6-hour seminar he's holding next month called The 4-Hour Life: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. The seminar is hosted by CreativeLIVE, the latest MOOC on the block which quietly opened its library of courses to the public over the past few weeks.

From the seminar description:

This course features the best of business, body, and mind that Tim Ferriss has to offer. Modeled after Ben Franklin, Tim will present his best lessons, principles, and hacks for becoming (and remaining) 'healthy, wealthy, and wise.' This will include never-before-discussed tactics related to The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and his brand-new book, The 4-Hour Chef. From accelerated learning to investing, the spectrum will be broad, and the actionable takeaways will be dense. This is Tim's first ever two-day workshop of this type.

Now, being the relentless self-promoter that he is, I'm sure Tim is going to dedicate a fair amount of time to promoting his new book The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life. But I don't mind that (disclosure: I've already ordered it) because his hacks are so worthwhile. Also, CreativeLIVE is going to be selling this workshop for $299 afterwards, so it's nice to save three hundred bucks.

Look at it this way: if you only come away from it with one good idea, it'll be worth your time. Hell, it's probably worth it just to watch a master promoter in action.

I know some of you have started "muse" businesses on the side inspired by the 4-Hour Workweek, and a couple of you have had impressive success. On the other hand, many of you consider Ferriss a snake oil salesman of sorts. It's no secret that I'm a fan of his. I've applied many Workweek hacks to my life for the better, and his Slow Carb Diet produced amazing results for me (lost over 30 pounds). I'm a pretty decent cook (that's why I had 30 pounds to lose in the first place) but I can always get better, so I'm looking forward to the 4-Hour Chef. Whether you love him or hate him, you have to respect the results he produces.

So maybe you'll just sit back in dumbfounded silence at his Barnum & Bailey routine, or maybe you'll learn something that will absolutely change your life. Either way, it's probably worth your while to tune in.

While you're at it, check out the rest of CreativeLIVE's courses. It looks like they're using a variation of the Lynda.com business model, which monetizes very easily if you offer quality education (as Lynda does). The MOOC world is getting really interesting, really fast.

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Oct 10, 2012

checking this out now... thanks eddie

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Oct 11, 2012

Just registered.

Oct 11, 2012
WallStreetOasis.com:

Just registered.

Just registered as well... I've been a big fan of Ferriss for along time, excited to see what he has in store for this

Oct 11, 2012

I own both books and I'm also a big fan (I've pre ordered the 4 hour chef too). People who employ ad hominem attacks on him are irrational. Yes, he promotes a TON of different shit all the time, but he does it in a way that helps you cherry pick what you think it works.

Just look at his books, they are structured for you to read what you find interesting and skip the rest. Thanks to Tim I have a cheaper but much healthier diet, my gym routine is simple but tough, and my sex life improved with little twitches in my diet. I couldn't care less about running an ultramarathon.

I encourage everyone to look at his blog: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/
I'm sure most of you will find one or two blog posts very interesting and useful.

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Oct 11, 2012

registered...thanks for the tip

Oct 11, 2012

Good stuff - been meaning to check out his stuff for a while. Registered.

Oct 11, 2012
Edmundo Braverman:

I've applied many Workweek hacks to my life for the better, and his Slow Carb Diet produced amazing results for me (lost over 30 pounds).

I'm curious - what are the workweek hacks that you've found to be most useful?

Oct 11, 2012
freeloader:
Edmundo Braverman:

I've applied many Workweek hacks to my life for the better, and his Slow Carb Diet produced amazing results for me (lost over 30 pounds).

I'm curious - what are the workweek hacks that you've found to be most useful?

The main ones:

  • The Pareto Principle on steroids: eliminating all the stuff that doesn't pay me
  • e-Slavery: the wholesale delegation of shit work to the capable, affordable, and seemingly unlimited denizens of the Third World
  • Hitting for singles: in the time it takes to engineer a home run, you can probably develop a dozen base hits that pay you month in and month out
Oct 11, 2012

Just signed up myself. Started reading the 4-Hour Workweek today. Already, after skimming the first 25% of the book, it has made me think about my life in a considerably different way. Why is my goal to go to a top grad school and then work for MBB? Is this really how I want to devote myself for the next 5-7 years? It is powerful, throught-provoking stuff.

Oct 11, 2012

I registered not because I'm a fin of his work but I want to change my mind about his "X hours Y". In fact, I've heard/read about him a few times but I've always been very skeptical.
A 4 hour work week? I guess that if it was so easy, we wouldn't be discussing IB or S&T if we could make 40k/month while working 16hours/month.
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What do you need? An idea? Damn, I thought these adds on the blogs I keep seeing, saying "Click here to know how I made 122032 in one month by following these 4 EASY STEPS" were true.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not telling his books, blogs and seminars are wrong or even misleading, I'm just saying that to get to the point to get to a 4 hour work week while earning 40k/month, there's some efforts to put into. I just think that he's good at selling his products. I hope this seminar (which is free) is going to change my mind about everything he's promoting so well.

Oct 11, 2012

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Oct 11, 2012

Definitely checking this out. Thanks

Oct 11, 2012

His nutrition advice is simply stupid - it contradicts every little bit of current research out there. It also contradicts what works for professional athletes of almost any kind.

It does work though. It works because every little crazy fashionist diet works. Once you stop eating like the Blob, you'll lose weight and feel better. So factually wrong diets like Paleo, Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, anything really, still work, in spite of most of its ideas being absolutely unnecessary.

Thermodinamics is pretty simple - cals in and out.

Don't get me wrong. Tips in most of his books can useful, as in most random books out there. The know-it-all approach is pretty standard though. When compared to top dogs, his diet, his exercises, his work, and probably his cooking, are all sub par - maybe that's a result of dedicating only 4 hours a week trying to be good at something.

Oct 13, 2012
Improving:

Thermodinamics is pretty simple - cals in and out.

Wrong. Thermodynamics is anything but simple. The calorie model was discredited in the scientific communities during the 1950's.

The accepted standard now is metabolic pathways, glcycemic index, and hormonal changes resulting from exercise and daily routine. Tim gives a nice intro to these concepts and gives some realistic tips on how to focus on a diet that sheds water weight and adipose tissue. A nice transition would be a cyclic ketogenic for those who have done his simplified slow carb diet.

Take it from a physicist-the calorie method is reserved for sorority communication majors who will never understand biology 101.

Oct 18, 2012
blackthorne:
Improving:

Thermodinamics is pretty simple - cals in and out.

Wrong. Thermodynamics is anything but simple. The calorie model was discredited in the scientific communities during the 1950's.

The accepted standard now is metabolic pathways, glcycemic index, and hormonal changes resulting from exercise and daily routine. Tim gives a nice intro to these concepts and gives some realistic tips on how to focus on a diet that sheds water weight and adipose tissue. A nice transition would be a cyclic ketogenic for those who have done his simplified slow carb diet.

Take it from a physicist-the calorie method is reserved for sorority communication majors who will never understand biology 101.

Glad someone else is a voice of reason here... I get so frustrated when people always parrot that as if it's gospel. It doesn't make sense when you think about it.

Oct 18, 2012
Improving:

His nutrition advice is simply stupid - it contradicts every little bit of current research out there. It also contradicts what works for professional athletes of almost any kind.

It does work though. It works because every little crazy fashionist diet works. Once you stop eating like the Blob, you'll lose weight and feel better. So factually wrong diets like Paleo, Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, anything really, still work, in spite of most of its ideas being absolutely unnecessary.

Thermodinamics is pretty simple - cals in and out.

Don't get me wrong. Tips in most of his books can useful, as in most random books out there. The know-it-all approach is pretty standard though. When compared to top dogs, his diet, his exercises, his work, and probably his cooking, are all sub par - maybe that's a result of dedicating only 4 hours a week trying to be good at something.

I think you'd be hard pressed to say that his nutrition advice is stupid. If you've read his book, then you would know that the Head of the Nutrition Dept at Harvard doesn't fully agree that cals in / cals out is fully valid.

Not really sure how his advice is stupid when it works, and just because it contradicts the work that pro athletes do doesn't mean it's wrong either. There can be two valid solutions to a problem, this isn't a simple algebraic expression. He also conducted all this research with some of the best nutrition and health experts at top programs, Stanford being one of them.

How exactly are you more knowledgeable / qualified than him or any of the experts he spent thousands of hours researching with exactly? Your argument doesn't follow logic.

Copernicus contradicted what everyone thought was absolute fact at the time and we all now understand that the Earth isn't the center of the solar system. Just because you contradict populist notions doesn't mean you are wrong, and in point of fact when we look at things like markets, we realize that if most people widely accept it on status quo alone, it is often misinformed and not a great investment.

You sound like you hate on him just because he is successful. Have you read the full book? It's pretty hard to deny the results and the science behind it if you have.

Oct 11, 2012

I won't be able to watch the seminar, but huge 4HWW and 4HB fan here.

Would any kind monkey be willing to take notes and post them after?

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Oct 12, 2012

I'm curious how Tim fits a 6 hour seminar into a 4 hour workweek?

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Oct 12, 2012

duh, he's working 2 hours next week

Oct 15, 2012
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A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn...that was fun!"

Oct 18, 2012
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