4HWW Cover Story in Men's Journal (Plus: Be in a Movie)


“Nothing bothers me more than sloth. The objective is to fix mistakes of ambition and not make mistakes of sloth. I work my ass off.”
-Tim Ferriss, from the new issue of Men’s Journal, Sept. 2008

Since I’m going nuts preparing for Burning Man, this post will be a short one.

The quote above is from the latest issue of Men’s Journal, where the main editorial cover story is a profile of me and the rise of The 4-Hour Workweek. There are also fascinating profiles of John McEnroe (awesome insight into his tennis strategies) and Gavin Newsom, as well as a cool snapshot of Tonny Sorensen, CEO of Von Dutch and former world champion in Tae Kwon Do.

The journalist, Larry Smith, spent almost three full days with me and covers a lot of details that haven’t been covered before, including background and education; core tenets of lifestyle design and common misinterpretations; interviews with family, professors, and friends; experiments involving critics; even how I organize my environment and home…

If you like the feature and find something useful, which I think most readers will, please let Men’s Journal know. Just take 10 seconds and shoot a quick e-mail to letters@mensjournal.com.

I think it would be cool to do an edgy monthly piece with them or similar magazine, but the demand needs to be clear. Letters to the editor is how you show demand.

To address the criticism of me in the last paragraph on pg. 200, I encourage you all to read this post on my SXSW panel. Here’s the Cliff Notes version:

Tim Ferriss (that’s me)
Please note that I was asked to also be a panelist and not just the moderator, so I’m participating in the discussion, not being a mic hog :)

Enjoy! More how-to and instructionals coming soon.

For an extra bonus, also check out what Gavin has on his bookshelf on pg. 196. Talk about a fun surprise.


Odds and Ends: Be in a movie! Deadline August 22nd.

Summary: 4-Hour Workweek Case Studies
Category: Lifestyle & Entertainment Documentary
Deadline: 6:00 PM PACIFIC – August 22

Case studies sought:

“I’m looking for people who have read Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek’ to feature in a documentary… for all ranges of implementation, from those who have found a way to work 4 hours a week, to those [who've applied] a few of the techniques, such as outsourcing tasks to [overseas] assistants.”

Contact: Joey Daoud
Email: lifehackdoc@gmail.com

Posted on: August 12, 2008.

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74 comments on “4HWW Cover Story in Men's Journal (Plus: Be in a Movie)

  1. Tim,
    I just got done with your book and all I can say is thanks for writing it! I always new this do as your parents and your parents before them did society was bull and not I have a manual to get out of this cycle and enjoy life.

    I am implementing the processes in your book for the first time, and testing a supplement product. It is something as an athelte that I have wanted and now I want to see if the demand is there. Are there are any overseas supplement/vitamin manufacturers that you would recommend? I know what I want the supplement to do, but I also need the manfucturer to help me get the formula correct. SInce this is your area of expertise I thought I would ask you advice.

    Also if you are ever in Wisconisn let me know.


  2. Hey Tim,

    The article was a very good balance. I know there is always a ‘halo glow ‘effect upon the ‘guru’ of a movement / company. This article showed me a bit of a glimpse behind the ‘halo’ to know just how much you really put into your life / buisness (4HWW). Makes you more human and makes me not feel more happy with my success so far as I don’t have the same obsessive drive you seem to posess (if that part of the article was a fair representation of you).

    Though it does make me think I am a bit slothful and cleared up some misconceptions about working and time. So far I work about 2-3 hours a day, pay my bills fine. But realize I need to work on lifestyle as watching movies, working out and playing with toys is boring to me. It is making me question what I do with my free time and what I want my lifestyle to be.

    Take care and have a better than good day.


  3. Hey Tim:
    Just finished the book. I really enjoyed it. Love the travel part – you’re right – too many excuses, too little action. I’ve been travelling since I was 18 so everytime I meet a guy who haven’t gone anywhere because of xyz – date is over. I’m in the process of starting my own business so I will definitely try some suggestions from your book. Let me know if you come to NY, would love to meet you. PS


  4. Thought you may be interested in this article based on an excerpt of a Russ Ackhoff book titled: ‘The Objective of Education Is Learning, Not Teaching’ on Knowledge@Wharton.

    I think you are doing a tremendous job of learning and experimenting, as you and your mother state in this article, and then sharing it with the rest of us.




  5. Way to go Tim!

    Great article and well deserved.

    I can say without a shadow of doubt that you and your book were the catalyst for me and my family to have a “mini-retirement” and we are currently travelling the world (my wife Lois and my daughter Sasha who is 10) for 7 months and having a ball.

    We are writing about our journey here – [URL removed -- sorry, but them's the comment rules]

    Most of what we do is internet based and we outsource a great deal of our work as you recommend.

    Thanks again for giving us the nudge that we needed to get going.

    Carpe Deum Tim!


    Ed, Lois & Sasha Keay-Smith


  6. Hmmmm… outsourcing to overseas assistants? Do they do better work? I am a total Tim Ferriss and blogosphere newbie so I will look into this before I raise an eyebrow and quietly pass judgement.


  7. Hey

    I clicked on the link for the article that sent me to mygazines and a message saying the article no longer exists. Has it been removed? i live in the uk, has that anything to do with the problem? Would really like to read the interview.



  8. Hi James,

    Indeed, it looks like they took it down. I can’t blame MJ for getting on them, of course!

    The mag should still be on newsstands if you’re up for it. A fun read and some good articles throughout…




  9. I managed to go from a 6 day to a three day work week so far and increase my income by 30% in the process. That was before I bought your book so I am going into it with some level of awareness that good things can be made to happen and thus I will be pretty open minded throughout.

    In addition this change allowed me to go from a sedentary job which required a whole lot of time in the gym every week to a much more active job which allows me even more free time.

    I want the next level though which, for me, will be having the time to pursue the things in life that matter to me. At the moment those things are getting back into hydrogen research and activism as well as more frequent trips into NYC and the rock clubs and theater that I love…


  10. Unbelievable how much of an impact you are making in people’s lives and mainstream media. I had no idea until I went to your website and have since been noticing references to your manifesto everywhere. Selective perception?

    Check out http://thinkarete.com/ideas where you are listed as an inspiration along with people such as Confucius, Shakespeare and Emerson, amongst others.

    Te saludo and I will buy this mag issue of men’s journal just for support~


  11. Tim,

    The poem “Slow Dance” at the end of the book was very touching and inspirational. Did the young girl survive her illness? Has the poem been published elsewhere?


    Jack Gately


    Hi Jack,

    As it turns out, the poem was originally written by a child psychologist, which has now been attributed in the book for the last 15 printings or so. My interns and I were unable to source this beyond the anecdotal attribution via the received e-mail when the book was originally published. Problem solved.

    Hope that helps!



  12. @Jack,

    Hi Jack,

    As it turns out, the poem was originally written by a child psychologist, which has now been attributed in the book for the last 15 printings or so. My interns and I were unable to source this beyond the anecdotal attribution via the received e-mail when the book was originally published. Problem solved now, and no fatalities to boot.

    Hope that helps!



  13. Hi Tim

    As many have said in the past: great book, great site. Thanks for sharing with the world (c:

    Anyway, I do have some questions here that keep me wondering about things. If you do find the time, please feel free to clarify some things for me. Thanks in advance!

    1) Reading all this content you have published so far and looking at your life (man, we’re the same age and you have achieved all that, respect!) I think it’s clear that you’re a pretty smart guy. But I ask myself: how much of that is just plain trial and error as you describe also in your book and how much of that is because you simply seem to have a higher IQ than the ‘average Joe’. Maybe this is not the case and you’re just one of your best customers of your own product, BrainQuicken. If so, please let me know in how far you think, from a scientific point of view (and pls without advertisement as your BrainQuicken website speaks for itself) BrainQuicken supports you in coming up with these great ideas of yours.

    2) I wonder: after all the excietement now about your book and your lifestyle philosophy (now you probably hold lots of lectures at many companies worldwide, you need to be informed what’s going on on your blog to answer at least some questions in the many subforums etc etc): how can you still keep up this lifestyle you’re promoting in your book. Of course, you have your VAs but they can’t write all the answers for you in the blogs (or can they?). Logically thinking you must be back to where you were some years ago: checking emails and your blog many times per day…

    3) Although BrainQuicken was not intended to be your ‘muse’ in the way it is described in your book (since, from what I know, development started earlier than the book and the book seems also to be a product of your long working hours with BrainQuicken): how did you think of this product which in the end became your muse (well, until you wrote the book, at least)? I mean, reading the testimonials on the website I am sure it most be THE product when it comes to enhancing the possibilities of ones brain capabilities.

    Thanks again in advance for commenting on these questions. It will help me to leave, as we say in German, ‘das Tal der Ahnungslosen’ (c;

    Best regards to wherever you are these days,


  14. Tim,

    Just wanted to drop you a line in a somewhat appropriate place for my comment, but wanted to say that after reading the book and being inspired, I’ve come to understand the consulting profession I am in is perfectly moldable to a lot of the concepts in the book, and it can clearly pave a way towards taking advantage of living life the way you want to. I’m starting with e-mails, and moving to phones, as those take up most of my time now, but as you know, the sky is the limit.

    Thanks for the Inspiration,


  15. Your the second person I’ve seen mention Burning Man. I skimmed the web site and it seems like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I’m curious how you or most people get introduced to it. Its not something one one generally finds in the yellow pages. Not sure it’s for me, but I am intrigued.


  16. Tim,

    The link to the article (your profile) isn’t working. Can you do something about it? I would love to be able to read it, because google didn’t help me that much and the archive from Men’s Journal is … lacking.

    Thank you very much

    Best regards



  17. Read the interview. Again the media tries to paint authors into a corner by generalizing the concepts rather than looking at the main position of the book. I got the same thing when I was on Donny Deutsch. It seems writers are looking to pick a part every piece of a book rather than look at the points that fit for everyone. I think he tried to play the age card, which I also face. At some point business is going to realize that the old boys don’t have all the answers.