Tim Ferriss: A Day In The Life


(Trouble viewing? See Tim Ferriss: A Day In The Life on Hulu. If you’re international, try using Hotspot Shield first.)

I’m often asked, “What does your typical day look like?”

In an attempt to answer this difficult question, I met up with Morgan Spurlock’s film crew for an episode of “A Day In The Life.” The full Friday we shot (I reserve Fridays for in-person meetings) reiterates a point I’ve driven home before: The 4-Hour Workweek is, and always has been, about using time optimally, not being idle.

It also shows how much I love my POS VW Golf, which is having its 10th birthday soon.

To clarify the intro, here’s a mostly complete list of start-ups I advise and have invested in:

About.me (acquired by AOL)
DailyBurn (acquired by IAC)
Milk (acquired by Google)
Posterous (acquired by Twitter)
Foodzie (acquired by Joyus)
Uber (The Escalade in the above video was via Uber, which I use whenever parking will be a hassle.)
DonorsChoose.org (educational non-profit)
Schematic Labs (makers of SoundTracking)
Central Kitchen Restaurant (press)
Blue Bottle Coffee
DuoLingo (language learning)

Other investments, excluding late-stage and stealth companies, include:

Facebook (pre-IPO)
Alibaba Group
SimpleGeo (acquired by Urban Airship)
Unsubscribe.com (acquired by TrustedID)
Digg (acquired by Betaworks)

Would you like to work together? If so, watch the “Advise This!” video below and tell me about your company in the comments, ideally in 200 words or fewer. Stats are always helpful.

Look forward to checking it out. In the meantime, I have to wrap up The 4-Hour Chef!

It’s shaping up to be a fun one… :)

Odds and Ends:

WellnessFX Competition – Would you like to spend 30 minutes with me? I’d love to learn what you’re up to and see if I can help. WellnessFX, featured in the above episode, is sponsoring a giveaway for six 30-minute slots. Click here to learn more.

SXSW – “Advise This” Panel – So, what do start-up “advisors” do, exactly? How do you recruit A-listers to your cause? Or, better yet, how do you assemble and leverage the *right* team? In the below panel, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Conrad, JR Johnson, Chase Charvis, and I discuss the relationships between founders, investors, and advisors in start-ups. You’ll recognize the now familiar “14 minutes into my 15 minutes…,” which I say to keep my head from getting too damn big. It’s a Seneca thing:

Posted on: April 24, 2012.

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328 comments on “Tim Ferriss: A Day In The Life

  1. Hello Tim Ferriss,


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    Tell us a date, time, and location where we can meet with you: we’ll be there asap.

    You are awesome for your patience and understanding!! Please do not hesitate to contact me at the e-mail I’ve provided.

    Talk to you soon!


  2. Hi Tim,

    My team has developed a device for rifle shooters that provides objective feedback and insight into each shot.

    Briefly, our device is like golf swing analysis but for rifle shooting. Instead of capturing movement data from your body, like in a golf swing, we capture data from your rifle and a downrange sensor when you shoot.

    The device was built to make hunters, target shooters and military personnel better shooters. We saw the competition at the most recent Shot Show in Las Vegas and they don’t come close in functionality, practicality or cost.

    The inventor has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and, as a side business, runs a manufacturer and retailer of precision rifles. If you have Apple TV, our wireless guy is primarily responsible for building the remote. The rest of the team brings extensive military and technology experience.

    Also, my apologies for the timing of this comment – seems I’m a little late to the party.




  3. Hi Tim,

    I’ve tried to view your video using Hotspot Shield first but Hulu tells me that I can’t view it because I’m using an anonymous proxy tool. How can I view it?


    PS: I’m a fan!


  4. Tim – great programme. Thank you for sharing your process. I’d **love** to hear more about your process of learning – perhaps you could do a blog post on it soon? Whether it is learning a new language, a new skill or otherwise – great to hear how you do it.

    Do you have a shorter path than Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours to excellence?


  5. Hey Tim. Wasn’t sure where to put this, but I know you get a lot of questions about doing The Four Hour Relationship. I agree with your response in that some things should not be optimized. However, I read John Gottman’s Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (no affiliation) and it is packed with 80/20 stuff for relationships. Perhaps you could point people in that direction. it worked for Kel and me.


  6. Recently saw “a day in the life” and it was excellent to see a typical day. Quick question, I noticed your new “MED” of strength/fitness was a partial dead lift. I love to use partials, can pull lots of weight, build toughness, etc.
    Any chance I can get you to elaborate on why/how etc?


  7. Dear Tim, could you kindly consider uploading this and other videos in a way that fans like me who are outside of the USA can view them, please? Thank you in advance ! (FYI. I live in Paris, France)


  8. I want the Wellness minutes…the linked page (copied text below) leads to a promo page that says this deal is closed.

    WellnessFX Competition – Would you like to spend 30 minutes with me? I’d love to learn what you’re up to and see if I can help. WellnessFX, featured in the above episode, is sponsoring a giveaway for six 30-minute slots. Click here to learn more.


  9. Hey man,
    I, from India, can’t watch the video. It says “it can only be streamed within the United states.” Is there any way I can watch this video?


  10. Hey Tim – I’ve actually come across Quarterly.co numerous times. I’m also in the subcomm space and would love to connect and share ideas. I’m thinking about putting together a detailed eCourse on building subcomm businesses, and would love to bounce a couple ideas off you!