Seeking Suggestions and Case Studies for New 4HWW (Plus: Twitter Giveaway Winners)

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O Hai, my new copy editor. (Photo: easyAlchemy)

It’s nice to be focusing on writing again.

I am finally putting together the revised and expanded edition of The 4-Hour Workweek! A lot has happened since it was first published in April 2007, and quite a few cool updates will be included.

I’ve already incorporated many of your suggestions, but I’d love more of your resources and stories! Please take a second to look at the following three questions…

Your feedback might just end up in the new and improved version of the 4HWW, a book in its 40th printing in the US and now sold into 33 languages (!).

1) Have you found any good services, websites, gadgets/tools, products or other resources that should be in the book? Please let me know here.

2) I’d like to add a “best of the blog” section but can only include 3 or so blog posts. Which of these would you include?

Based on page views, unique IPs, and incoming links via Google Analytics, Yahoo! Site Explorer, and the “most popular posts” feature of the WordPress 2.7 admin, here are my 9 most popular relevant posts, in no particular order:

The Margin Manifesto: 11 Tenets for Reaching (or Doubling) Profitability in 3 Months
Picking Warren Buffett’s Brain: Notes from a Novice
The Holy Grail: How to Outsource the Inbox and Never Check Email Again
How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour
The Art of Letting Bad Things Happen (and Weapons of Mass Distraction)
The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now
Things I’ve Learned and Loved in 2008
How to Travel the World with 10 Pounds or Less
The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm

Please tell me which posts you’d choose by clicking on check-boxes here.

3) Do you think you or someone you know might make an interesting case study in the book? Please click here if so. Total question time = 10 minutes or less. If you’ve put your story somewhere in the comments of this blog, please indicate so and include your e-mail after the “what’s your story?” question.

I’m looking for anyone who has a good before-and-after comparison, whether huge or subtle. Small changes and improvements are great — please share your small successes. Did you cut back on working evenings and now spend more time with family? Did you take your first-ever mini-retirement? I’d love to hear about it (and please include any links to photos)! Even if it’s just a simple tip, it could very well make it into a sidebar.

Please click here to tell me how you’ve used concepts or resources in the book, or improved upon them. I strongly suggest you keep a copy of anything you spend time writing (perhaps even compose offline first).

If you can, please post your experiences or tips, however short, by Monday, Feb. 9, at 12pm PST.

Thanks in advance, all! I’m really looking forward to featuring your improvements and additions, not to mention stories. Can’t wait to see what comes in :)

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Odds and Ends: Twitter Giveaway Winners

I have been giving away various goodies and gadgets on Twitter and will continue to do so. To have first shot at some great stuff coming up, just click here and follow me. Here are a few of the recent winners:

Prize: The DSMMA BP1 anti-microbial hemp bag
Competition: Best Twitter Haiku
Winner: @mr_crash, who wrote:
@tferriss trashy haiku poems inelegantly traded for free things online

To see most of the entries, many of which are great, click here.

Prize: The Fujitsu ScanSnap color travel scanner
Competition:
Winner: @johnmc, who wrote:
@tferriss stopped on the side of the freeway to help a guy with a flat tire get an odd sized lug nut off (after being rescued myself) #nice

This was a hard choice, as I needed to ask myself: what makes one act “nicer” than another? Sacrifice of time? Cash? Helping those you love vs. strangers? In the end, I went with a random act of kindness for a stranger. To see most of the entries, click here or search #nice on http://search.twitter.com

Posted on: February 6, 2008.

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79 comments on “Seeking Suggestions and Case Studies for New 4HWW (Plus: Twitter Giveaway Winners)

  1. Here are my top three from the list above.

    How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour
    The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now
    The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm

    Looking forward to the updated 4HWW!

    Cheers,
    Adam

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  2. I can answer 2 of your questions:

    1. Evernote has been incredibly handy for me, especially when coupled with the iPhone app. Everything from grocery lists to genius moments get captured.

    2. -How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour
    -The Art of Letting Bad Things Happen (and Weapons of Mass Distraction)
    -The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm

    The latter 2 are especially important in my line of work; they have streamlined a few “time leaks” in a way that even my clients appreciate.

    Best,
    Skyler

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  3. Looks great Tim. I personal like the Warren Buffett post, well, because I followed your advice and got a postcard from him (linked to in your post). I can’t wait for a new release of the 4HWW having taken so much of the first one to heart. I have made huge life changes and have succeeded 10 fold since then, in part to the info you offered along with others. Keep up the great work.

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  4. I think a lot of what you have in “Things I’ve Learned and Loved in 2008″ would be perfect for the next edition. All the great nuggets in that post will stick with me for a long time.

    Can’t wait to see it!

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  5. That’s a cute cat.

    By the way, if you would like another set of eyeballs on the new manuscript, let me know when you need the help. . .be glad to read it through for you. Given that’s our game here, I think I might be able to lend a hand.

    Sending some case study stuff and links your way as well.

    Cheers,
    Doc

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  6. I think this is a great opportunity to make a great book, a great idea, a great story, even better. Continue to always go to the next level, never be satisfied. And the masses, including myself, will continue to stand on your shoulders and innovate and create on top of what you are already doing, with the heightened awareness of everything you have put your sweat and blood into. Thanks for continuing to be unreasonable in your pursuit of excellence, I will always look to you for the best in lifestyle development as long as you keep improving, and you better keep going because if you stop, we’re going to pass you! (we being your adamant readers)

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  7. I just filled out your survey. Your book was more responsible for my current lifestyle than any other catalyst out there. I am deeply greatful and without it would probably still be stuck in the same old rut.

    Now I have 2 profitable websites, 2 more on the way and more freedom than I’ve ever had before.

    Thanks Tim.

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  8. Great to hear that you are updating your best-seller!

    Your out-of-the-box thinking has benefited many thousands of people and hopefully your new book will benefit even more.

    Thank you for your contribution for helping people become more successful and financially free.

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  9. Hey Tim,

    Filled out your surveys – thanks for the opportunity!

    From a slightly different perspective, I want to say thank you. I’ve got ADHD and have found some of the techniques and perspectives in your book just awesome. Seriously made one hell of a difference. I’ve just never taken the time out to say thank you to the person who helped me get more time.

    See you one day, Big Dog

    Rob

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  10. I would appreciate some more attention paid to the service sector, such as trade/hands on types of business. This could be anything from a handy man to a dentist. Being in the service sector, it would be nice to see a few ideas from outside my local sphere of influence.

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  11. Excellent news! I can’t wait to see the updated 4HWW!

    I would love to see “How to travel the world with 10 pounds or less” in the top 3. We don’t travel with the exact same things, but I couldn’t agree more that “fashionably light” is the way to go with world travel!

    We travel as a family and only carry a light daypack each for trips of a month or two ( even in 3 season weather) & that includes at least 2 laptops and homeschool supplies! ;) Our child, who was 5 when we started, has a great LLBean bag that can be rolled or carried ( normally used for school) & still looks new after 3 years, 4 continents, & LOTS of use.

    She is a pro now, handling her own bag on any travel method from planes, freighter ships, trains, buses, mass transit, boats, horses & camels through 29 countries.

    We have been a traveling digital nomadic family since 2006 , thus have learned a lot about what helps a family during mini-retirements, so have sent them to you. We have found some great resources that help with education with kids while away from home, from online courses to enrolling in local schools to immerse in the language and culture. Our daughter plays the violin and piano, so we have found ways to solve those challenges on the move as well.

    Waving from Spain! Love what you do!

    Jeanne

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  12. Tim,
    Just listened (CD version) of the 4HWW for the 3rd time. It’s the first time I’ve listened since it was released… and I want to tell you how thankful I am for your book. You are a true inspiration. I have implemented many of your suggestions and my life is starting to turn into something awesome. Thanks for educating. I look forward to the updated version of your book.
    John
    PS – Instead of a language in 3 months… how about an instrument?

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  13. Hi Tim,

    You saved my life twice, in martial arts and in business.

    THE TWO BREAKTHROUGHS (LOW INFO DIET + TECHNOLOGY):

    The first happened in the summer of 2004, when I was 18 training in AKA, going after my dreams of being a professional fighter. I did what everyone said was impossible and put on 30 pounds of muscle in 3 months, increased bench from 250 to 450, and cut down bodyfat from 9%-3%. I had requests for national shows and sponsorships, yet I lost it all, for a moment.

    Due to over-training, I injured every single muscle and joint in my body. Every doctor said there was no hope. One even told me to just take Prozac and pain killers for the rest of my life.

    I felt so hopeless. Then, I read your article about ART and Dr. Janzen, and he was able to heal what was supposed to be unhealabe.

    At 20, I was back stronger than ever. Yet, I got another serious injury during the finals of a tournament. Over 30 of the best doctors in the world said I would never heal.

    I went to HKU to study abroad in its business program, the best in Asia. I had lost my dreams of being a world champion in martial arts, but I found my destiny in business.

    Yet, I was destroying my life by making up over 4 years of experience in just 3 months. As a psychology major, I had no background in business and finance, except for some basic sales experience. I took on the hardest classes with 7 a quarter (most people took 4), a part-time internship, freelance work, a long-distance relationship with a Japanese web 2.0 celebrity, healing my injured body, and various club leadership positions.

    Before I read your book, I had 200-300 emails, 3-5 meetings, and 10-15 projects a DAY.

    After I read your book, I reply to 20 emails (all others are automated or outsourced), 0 meetings, and 2-3 project a day.

    The biggest change for me was realizing that information isn’t necessary knowledge, and being tuned in to 150 RSS feeds a day doesn’t make you productive or smart.

    I felt I was so behind in my big dreams that I thought I could “catch up” by doing more and more. In reality, what I needed was to say “no” to what didn’t matter, so I can say “yes” to what does.

    I had define myself by how busy I was, how many people knew me, and all these social standards that just didn’t meet who I really was.

    Thank you for enabling and empowering millions to see that there is a better way to succeed and be fulfilled in this precious life.

    The change in me was so great that hundreds of students asked me for advice. After being told by professors and strangers that I should write a book since I was 16, I finally wrote one.

    Yet, the original title, “The Way to Health, Wealth, Truth” was so confusing, boring, and meaningless to people.

    I asked you what you thought about me using “The 7-Hour School Week”, and you said “sure, that what works!” Like how you used the Rosetta Stone.

    So, I did, and the book has been doing 100000% better with a simple title change.

    THE CHANGE IN TWO YEARS:

    Within two years of college, from age 20-22, I traveled the world; competed in international martial art and bodybuilding tournaments; got requests from national media; lead seven clubs; worked five diverse jobs (marketing and sales, personal training, executive search research analyst, student success coach, and freelance writer); did a prototype for a health franchise; overcame severe injuries; transformed relationships; found love (Japanese Web 2.0 celebrity and Renaissance woman); learned qi; practiced Olympic-level bio-mechanics; read over 700 books; and studied business in Asia’s top university, as well as finance, sociology, and psychology in one of America’s best social science universities.

    MY STORY:

    My mission is to discover, create, and distribute the proven principles, programs, and products in health, wealth, and truth.

    I am an author, trainer, and entrepreneur in health and in peak performance education. I am also a Producer, Marketer, and Trainer for Protection In Movement (free people from musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction), a high school wrestling coach, as well as a marketing and sales consultant for businesses. I am always interested in ways to create a world where everyone lives with purpose, passion, and peace.

    I was an obese, troubled, and timid youth until I found martial arts, philosophy, and peak performance psychology at 12 years old. I transformed my body and went after my dream of being a professional fighter. At 18, just when my career was about to take off with national sponsorship and show requests, I went through severe injuries due to overtraining.

    Realizing the need for systems that could succeed without my constant involvement, the warrior became an entrepreneur. Within two years of college, from age 20-22, I traveled the world; competed in international martial art and bodybuilding tournaments; got requests from national media; lead seven clubs; worked five diverse jobs (marketing and sales, personal training, executive search research analyst, student success coach, and freelance writer); did a prototype for a health franchise; overcame severe injuries; transformed relationships; found love (Japanese Web 2.0 celebrity and Renaissance woman); learned qi; practiced Olympic-level bio-mechanics; read over 700 books; and studied business in Asia’s top university, as well as finance, sociology, and psychology in one of America’s best social science universities.

    Through innovative integrations, productivity principles, and automated and outsourced systems, I have been able to focus at working on life and playing in it, rather than working in it and waiting on it. Through healing the supposedly impossible injuries, I have also embraced the yin of tai chi, qi qong, and bio-mechanics to unite with the yang that once characterized my actions.

    Cheers,

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