Semi-Finals: Scholarship for Opening the Kimono

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(Photo: Josh Liba)

NOTE: VOTING HAS ENDED — THANKS!

Once again, I have been BLOWN AWAY by you all.

Please find below the semi-finalists for the scholarship spot to the $10,000 Opening The Kimono™ event.

There are 26, listed in no particular order, as we could not narrow it down further. The case studies range from parents to students, from snowboarding to software, from Berlin to British Columbia. Here’s the next step:

1) Each video is a combination of three video submissions. After watching each video, vote for your favorite of the three applicants. Voting ends this Thursday, May 12th, at 12 midnight PST.

2) Once tallied, this round of voting will decide the 8-10 finalists for the next round.

Much like the Cold Remedy video case studies, these videos remind me of how much I owe you all. This kind of feedback is the reason that I continue to write, despite how hard it is for me, and why I love this community so much.

Thank you.

I hope you love these as much as I did. If you need a little inspiration, these are exactly what the doctor ordered.

Enjoy!

NOTE: VOTING HAS ENDED — THANKS!

NOTE: VOTING HAS ENDED — THANKS!

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Odds and Ends: Tim in Germany

I’m leaving from SFO for Germany as I type this, where I’ll be for 1-2 weeks, mostly in Berlin.

Anyone want to throw a big party? Know any club owners so we can blow it out? Other recommendations for fun in Berlin? Can’t wait to rediscover it, as I haven’t been since 2004.

Danke!

Posted on: May 9, 2011.

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121 comments on “Semi-Finals: Scholarship for Opening the Kimono

  1. Hi Tim, I wanna offer you a deal! You give me an advice on how become a great write like you, and I will teach you a beautiful german world (ich bin ein deutscher :)). Are with me? Ok, deal made! The beautiful german word is : Würde = dignity. Now you turn! Have a great day and thanks! Dima, from Italy!

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    • A man of many words you are, Mike. :-P

      ~~

      Although, I agree with you — these videos were fantastic. Not only was it fun to have some “say” in who gets the scholarship, it was great to see all of these success stories — adding motivation and fanning the flames of those who may not have quite yet reached the goals they set for themselves with regard to the 4-hour principles (work or body).

      Regardless of who goes on to win the scholarship, I hope that everyone has learned something about themselves by making these wonderful videos!

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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    • Totally agree! I’ve seen 13 so far and most of them have been awesome. So much potential, so much work put into it. This blog post is better than two evenings of surfin’ youtube!

      However, as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and author of a book about the Feldenkrais Method myself, I want to support Tyler Bishton and his task in making this marvelous method more accessible to the public.

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  2. ‘Damn, I remember Maneesh Sethi’s video from a year ago here:

    Seems like he’s doing even crazier things now! DJing in Berlin! ‘

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  3. Only voted on the 1, 2, 4, 9 videos. The others I think are too weak.

    I think this is a great post, that allows us to analyse diferent perspectives, contexts and muses. These videos are great.

    Thanks

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  4. Tim,

    Voted on all videos as I think they are all great.

    Video 4 has Rachman Blake who was a DJ @ a Club in Berlin. I’m sure he could hook you up.

    Have a safe trip.

    BTW

    You look slim. What is you body fat %?

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  5. Please share the Berlin tips! Also gonna be in Berlin in 3 weeks for Software AG show (and funny – also reconnecting since 2004!) Curious to experience local fun places off-the-beaten trap. Taking a 1-year old kid with me, so kid-friendly recommendations are welcome. (dm me @pijnz)

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    • Hey! I have a 4hww business and now I’m launching my ’90 days project’ to becoming a DJ in Berlin, so I’m renting clubs, throwing big parties, and living the Berlin lifestyle :) When you get here, let me know! I can introduce you to all the other lifestyle designers and tell you all the cool things to do!

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      • I suggest all of you Berlin-bound guys check this out:

        http://worldculturefestival.org/en/

        It will be a huge celebration in the Olympiastadion (yes, thats where they had the FIFA world-cup finals), featuring artists from 151 countries and partying for intercultural and intereligious harmony.
        Berlin truly is the right place for a festival like that!

        Looking forward to see you there on the 2nd and 3rd of July!

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    • A nice location is the Müggelsee.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%BCggelsee

      There are lot´s of nice bars and restaturants at the sea.

      Berlin, district Friedrichshagen (Treptow-Köpenick)

      Take the S-Bahn to Friedrichshagen (i think S-25). Down the stairs and then left.
      Now you´re in the Bölsche street. Walk down the street till the end (appr.30minutes), Then turn left and you´re some steeps away from the müggelsee.

      Nice part of Berlin, more to relax and to enjoy.

      Wish you a nice time.

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  6. Great submissions from some talented people. A lot of proof here that if you implement the techniques found in The 4HWW and 4HB that you will see results. I’m an avid reader of the 4HWW and of the blog and becoming a die hard Stoic of which I’m the most thankful for. (Thank you so much for your follow-up comment on the Facebook page. That was really cool.) Still haven’t found my M.U.S.E. yet but working towards it everyday. I consider you to be one of the writers that Lucius spoke of in Letter #2 Thanks again Tim and good luck on choosing from these great submissions.

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  7. I am so bummed I didn’t find out about the Kimono opening nor the scholarship til just now. :( So inspiring to see success stories!! Awesome as usual Tim! :D

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  8. -WHO SHOULD YOU VOTE FOR?-

    How many of these fine contestants actually SHOWED the fruits of their labor?

    Who has game to back up their big talk?

    Who got buck NAKED because he wants this more than anyone else?

    My name is Charles Phillips, commander of the Pareto principle, General of the one man army, loyal follower the heavyweight tango champion of the world, Timmy Ferriss. Father to a murdered workweek, husband to a murdered boring life. And I will have my kimono, in this life or the next.

    Watch the magical 9th video. :D

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  9. “Hoai Nam” (http://www.hoainam.de/) is a terrific Vietnamese restaurant in Kreuzberg (Skalitzer Straße 103) – fresh food, alternating menus every day, Vietnamese coffee, fresh smoothies & shakes – just perfect! “Mustafa” (http://www.mustafas.de/) makes excellent veg-kebaps (lettuce + fried veggies + goat cheese + sauce + lemon juice), chicken meat optional. You can find him either at U6 Mehringdamm just at the entrance to the subway or U9/U6 Leopoldplatz, at the beginning of Luxemburger Straße (left-hand-side). The latter is a new shop and significantly less crowded than the former. I’d be honored if we met up. Cheers!

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  10. Oh my Joyproof, your personal spy. Hate this overseer mentality, it’s all about getting the job done, not about wasting more time monitoring your workers. -.- The rest is pretty cool though. Maneesh seems to enjoy himself quite a lot.

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  11. Hey Tim,

    while in Germany be sure to stop by in Hamburg (the real capital of Germany)

    Sailing, barbecue and parties at the beach! A great start-up and entrepreneueral community too!

    btw there is a TED event in Hamburg on 24th of May.

    Drop a line to arrange stuff…

    CYA
    Mike

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  12. Wow, awesome entrants! I would have loved to enter and talk about my 4 hour work weeks success and mobile business that I built, but I wont be in the states for that date thus wouldn’t have been able to make it…

    Next time (even tho I doubt there will ever been an opportunity like this again!)

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  13. Hi Tim

    Regarding your question about BERLIN:

    From my recent exchange with Maneesh Sethi I know for a fact that he is in Berlin as well (you saw him talking about his in his video). He will have a “big DJ gig” on Friday, May 20th. I suppose that Maneesh has a lot of good tips for nightlife action in Berlin, since naturally his DJ passion is deeply connected with it :) I guess you know how to contact Maneesh.

    I will also be in Berlin from Saturday, May 14 to at least Thursday May 19 and also meet up with Maneesh. Maybe I’ll even be able to stay there a couple of days longer and to experience Maneesh on his quest to become a famous DJ :)

    @Maneesh: in case you’re following this thread, let Tim/us/the world know where you can be found on Friday, May 20th :)

    Best regards from Greece,
    David

    P.S.: I do not dare to hope that you’d be up for meeting for a mate tee (in case there is any place for mate in Berlin, otherwise a cup of good ol’ coffee). I’d like to kick your a.. a bit for not filling the ‘ultra’ section on your 4HB blog so that I can stop posting my ‘where the *beep* is Tim Ferriss’-videos on youtube with every race I run (next one to happen 22 May in Greece, by the way) ;) You’ll know how to contact me in case of interest.

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  14. Hallo Tim,

    wie gehts?
    welcome to Berlin!

    I want you to introduce you to Prof. Dr. Faltin, a leading entrepreneurship professor at the FU Berlin, best-selling author in Germany “Kopf schlägt Kapital” and a sucessful entrepeneur.
    Prof. Faltin revolutionized the Art of Tea Business with the best tea in the world.
    You and Prof.Faltin have a lot in common. Like you, Prof.Faltin recommends to outsource as much as possible.

    Check out his story on Wikipedia.com

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%BCnter_Faltin

    if you’re interested, i can introduce you to Prof.Faltin and you can have a nice cup of Darjeeling tea with him;)

    Hope to hear from you!

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    • Yep, I totally second (and third and fourth) Patrick’s suggestion, Tim!

      Faltin could be an interesting match for you, although he doesn’t seem to be too much into the ‘lifestyle thing’. At least that’s what I understood when I met with him about a year ago. For him the philosophy is more: ‘if you do your own thing (which you should) then do it the right way and if everything turns out the way you planned you can even be a cereal entrepreneur’ (in my own words), while in the 4hww philosophy the muse is a means to an end, i.e. living the life as you want (again in my own words).

      So, I am sure a meet & greet between the two of you could be good. I think that your books complement each other. He knows you, so if you contact his assistant you’ll probably get quick access to him directly. His assistant’s email is hoppe

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    • Yep, I totally second (and third and fourth) Patrick’s suggestion, Tim!

      Faltin could be an interesting match for you, although he doesn’t seem to be too much into the ‘lifestyle thing’. At least that’s what I understood when I met with him about a year ago. For him the philosophy is more: ‘if you do your own thing (which you should) then do it the right way and if everything turns out the way you planned you can even be a cereal entrepreneur’ (in my own words), while in the 4hww philosophy the muse is a means to an end, i.e. living the life as you want (again in my own words).

      So, I am sure a meet & greet between the two of you could be good. I think that your books complement each other. He knows you, so if you contact his assistant you’ll probably get quick access to him directly.

      Regards from Greece,
      David

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