Leno Book Spoof, Tim vs. Donny Deutsch, and First Live Q&A with Tim


The last week has been surreal.

It all began with an e-mail from a reader last Thursday at 11:34pm tipping me off to the impossible. Fumbling for the remote, I caught it just in time — Jay Leno spoofing The 4-Hour Workweek! [Update: the link I had here has been deleted or exceeded bandwidth, so please post a new link in the comments if you find one!]

12 hours later I received a call from my publisher and was, 24 hours later, on a plane to NYC. Enter the Tim Ferriss and Donny Deutsch death match, moderated by Matt Lauer on the Today Show! It couldn’t have been better, and I ended up looking — comparatively — as calm as a Hindu cow. Warning: the videos seem to take eons to load.


Despite Donny’s aggressive style, and the many funny responses to it, he was actually very encouraging and nice both before and after the show. That evening, I was called to CNBC for “On The Money,” and I’m now booked solid with traditional media for tomorrow, at which point I’m disappearing to Costa Rica to purge my mind of massive media overdose. I’ve had enough. No mas!

I actually canceled Thursday and Friday in NYC to make this escape, and I’ll be doing the few radio shows that remain from beachside in Central America, after which it’s off to tour an active volcano and drink mojitos. The flights, which I bought three hours ago and include the return to CA, were the same cost as two more nights in my NYC hotel. Which would you rather have?

Better yet–what’s the worst thing that could happen if you arranged to take Thursday and/or Friday off?

Don’t answer now, but give it some thought. Those who dare (I encourage you) can give it a shot and share their results here.

Free Live Q&A with Tim Ferriss:

Due to the overwhelming number of e-mail my poor virtual assistants have been receiving, I’ll be holding my first ever live public Q&A to answer some of the most common questions about the 4HWW, some never-before-answered questions about origins and mistakes, and also questions from listeners! Sign up and send us your question here: http://www.timferrissbooktour.com/

Posted on: June 26, 2007.

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67 comments on “Leno Book Spoof, Tim vs. Donny Deutsch, and First Live Q&A with Tim

  1. After watching the video, it seems Donny is so entrenched in his work ethic that I’m afraid… he might be a lost cause. One of my clients I consult for… I gave him some of the principles from T4HWW and he’s experienced a great jump in productivity simply by applying some of your email tactics.

    The problem is these guys CRAVE personal control over a majority of activities within their business – which leads to micromanagement and bottlenecking. No matter what I say to this guy, he just can’t get his fingers out of every slice of the pie. In his view, it is impossible to achieve a 4-Hour Workweek. Unproductive work (in the way you and I describe it Tim) leads to an extremely unfulfilled life. By being ultra-productive, you MAKE yourself naked to your interests and hobbies and this gets you to critically think about WHERE you’re life is and what your doing with it when you don’t have the “filler” of work to distract.


  2. You and Donny are talking about completely different goals – he wants to focus on the value of ‘getting ahead’ as defined by success and power in business. I’ll take an enjoyable life packed with travel and mini-retirements over corporate success any day.


  3. Hi All,

    It was a fun segment. I just finished Fox and Friends about 30 minutes ago and am sitting in a Random House office waiting to start a radio tour. Should be fun.

    Joseph, I wish I could upload the videos to YouTube, but 1) I don’t have original files, and 2) the shows probably wouldn’t invite me back if I violated their copyrights!

    As for escaping Paris, I just realized in the Fox green room that she was being released today (?). “You’re going to Costa Rica today? Wow, you’re going to miss the big Paris interview tonight!” Man, that’s reason enough to be on a plane and away from TVs :) I saw her on the cover (the COVER) of the NY Post on the way back to the Random House offices.

    Anybody for a one-week serving of the low-information diet?

    Gotta run! More to come…



  4. Well done Tim!

    I find it very entertaining watching the reactions of workaholics to the notion of working fewer hours. The true price of one dimensional success is rarely considered.

    They miss the point that you can be challenged at work, be successful and have a life outside of work. And, enjoy new challenges in other activities.

    I suspect their real fear is that without their work identity they are nobodies.


  5. I can’t wait for the video to work. I spoofed your book (what I had read of it at the time) on my blog. I’m a teacher, so it is either grind away or quit. No outsourcing for me in the first scenario!

    I really like your writing style, and the fact that you used the word, “ass” in your book lent convinced me that you were a real human being and kept me reading.


  6. It appears I’m even better at avoiding the news than I thought: when I read “At least you can escape Paris in Central America…” I kept thinking, “I thought he said he was in NY, not Paris… and why does he need to escape from Paris?”

    Not that the Swiss news is any better than the US – she has been on the cover of the commuter papers a lot recently even here. You might not be able to escape her in Central America, afer all…


  7. that was fun.

    Donny’s defending his lifestyle to an almost irrational degree. I’m surprised he didn’t bring up the struggle of the Pilgrims or something [well he almost did].

    Comment #5 nails it, but I’d like to add:

    Like a lot of successful people, which you could say Donny is in a way, I would venture to speculate he’s not quite sure exactly how he got where he is. Thus he over attributes everything he does as an essential ingredient to success, and he calls that undefined mix of everything he does “hard work”.


  8. Hi Tim,

    You carried yourself perfectly in that interview.

    I think what Donnie got wrong was that he equates spending many hours conducting business as work. He even said himself that the secret is to do something you love. Well if you love doing something is it work? I think not. I think of it as play. We all want to play, not work and yes I agree that 80% of everybody’s work hours are completey unproductive and make no difference.

    We trade our life for what we do & make of ourselves. By working a 60 hour week in an uninspiring job people are ripping themselves off of live. That is not what we are here for. Period.


  9. Donny says the happiest people are those who work hard, but I don’t think he’s talking about you and me. I think he’s talking about the select upper echelons of a rare few. All the people I know work for money, not because they’re genuinely happy working. Come on Donny, get in touch with reality!


  10. Great segment Tim. Donny comes off the way he usually does – mostly pompous and full of himself. He makes it seem like there are only two ways to succeed in life – do something you love (which I don’t disagree with) or work harder than the next guy. Fortunately, there are as many ways to work as there are ways to make money. I’ll take the trip to Costa Rica any time over a day at Deutsch’s agency.


  11. You did look like a Zen monk in that interview! I love how you stood your ground, calm and centered, in the face of Donny’s outrageousness. And I agree that Donny is looking for money, fame, recognition, and an ego boost in business. You guys are on completely different wavelenghts. Keep it up!


  12. Hey Tim, great job on the Today Show. I tuned into your teleseminar last night. You gave out great blog tips! You sound like such a nice and sincere guy. I just bought your book and can’t wait to read it. Keep rockin’!


  13. Thank you all so much for the kind words and encouragement! I just finished my last radio interview for this NYC visit, and it’s off to the airport for mojito dreams. Keep an eye out for me on BusinessWeekTV this weekend, and we’ll be announcing the finalists of the Endless Summer competition in a week or so. Much excitement to come!

    Signing off for now…