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Ever heard of the term “lifestyle design”? How about the “deferred-lifestyle plan“? These are both terms coined by Tim Ferriss, a man on a mission to upend the way we look at work and life in general.
Tim Ferriss is the prolific author of the The 4-Hour Workweek, a #1 bestseller on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek book lists. The book challenged the way I look at work-life balance and entrepreneurship. I have written about it a few times previously.
Tim runs a blog at fourhourworkweek.com/blog/ which showcases his “experiments in lifestyle design”. His posts are always interesting and often applicable. Many are written by Tim himself, but he also has a wide array of guests post on their areas of expertise.
Here are 6 of my favorite posts, either from Tim or his guests. Each one of these has challenged my assumptions about the status quo and made me reevaluate the way I live my life.
Super-insightful post about interpersonal skills, specifically the power of eye contact. The guest author presents Bill Clinton as the master of eye contact and uses a clip from the 1992 presidential debates to make his point.
Watch the video on mute and you’ll see how much Clinton owned that debate by using eye contact and charisma.
Tim’s guest in this post uses Pavarotti to illustrate the outsized gains that can be realized when one is recognized as the best in their field. He also shows how a high-school graduate with mediocre grades and test scores got into Stanford by using the superstar effect.
Read the post and look for areas at your workplace or in your social circles where you can stand out as the superstar.
Ramit Sethi, one of my favorite personal-finance authors, makes a guest appearance on Tim’s blog with this massive, informative post. Ramit unpacks the psychology behind personal finance and ways to trick our brains into winning with money.
Its full of sweet diagrams and the best part comes at the end: a 12-minute video outlining exactly how to automate your finances by circumventing your behavior. A must-read.
Tim sent out a request for videos from anyone who had used principles from his book to create a small business, free up their time, and live a fuller life. He received tons of submissions and posted 18 of his favorites on his blog.
I like the guy who combines investing in gold bullion with fashionable belts. Fun idea.
Tim showcases 4 entrepreneurs that created their “muses” using the principles from The 4-Hour Workweek. A muse, in Tim’s words is “a low-maintenance business that generates significant income.”
The products are high-fidelity ear protection, foldable pedicure sandals, shampoo for thin hair, and snowboarding-specific boot insoles.
I love these posts because they give an inside view of running a very small business.
Edition two of Tim showcasing of successful entrepreneurs who followed his model. The products shown are a laptop stand, butterfly repellent (funny idea), and a time-tracking service.