Looking for a Change in 2015? How About Becoming My Managing Editor?

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I’m looking for the perfect Managing Editor.

This person will be my right hand for all things related to content. Some of things you’d get to work with:

– One of the world’s most popular blogs (this one). Typically 1.5-2 million readers per month. See “The Tim Ferriss Effect” on Forbes for a funny description of what it can do.

– One of the world’s most popular podcasts — The Tim Ferriss Show — selected by iTunes as “Best of 2014” and often the #1 business podcast across all of iTunes (at times, #1 across all categories).

– Email broadcasts to nearly 500,000 people.

– Social media accounts that reach millions of people.

– New top-secret projects for 2015, including high-end video and new book stuff.

Things would start with a paid one-month trial, probably around 20 hours per week. If things go gangbusters, there would be potential to expand significantly from there. Competitive pay and tons of interesting options.

Here’s more on me, if needed.

JOB DESCRIPTION

To help me focus exclusively on writing, interviewing, and other content creation, I need someone who’s expert at handling quite a bit.

The Managing Editor’s responsibilities would include, but not be limited to, the following:

* Spearheading the editorial calendar for the blog, podcast, email, etc. for the next 6-12 months. I’m too ad hoc and last-minute right now. It’s unnecessarily stressful. I need someone to manage most or all of it, including…

* Helping me reach out to would-be podcast guests and book them, prep them, confirm them, etc., whether celebrities, world-class investors, or scientists.

* Helping me draft blog posts that I don’t otherwise have the bandwidth to adapt. For instance, great unused parts of The 4-Hour Body that are currently Word docs with footnotes, etc. A past example of such adaptation: The Truth About “Homeopathic” Medicine.

* Sourcing great guest posts and guest authors. Here are two different but equally successful examples: Hacking Kickstarter and 20 Things I’ve Learned From Traveling Around the World for Three Years.

* Helping plan and implement content promotion. This would include social accounts reaching millions of people, cutting-edge experimental stuff, and more.

* Experiment with different ways of increasing traffic (syndication, managing SEO/SEM contractors, etc.).

PERKS

* You’d be working behind the curtains on high-profile projects. You’ll see all of my projects first, and get to play a critical role in their creation and launch. This could range from interviewing icons to wordsmithing posts or book chapters that will be seen by millions of people.

* I will ask your advice and look to you for original ideas, new experiments, and more.

* If you’re in SF (or willing to visit), you will also be invited to spend time with the most impressive people in my network. In fact, that would be part of your job.

* I might send you great tequila, there will be strange assignments, and you get to work with a weirdo. That’s me. There won’t be a lot of boredom.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Please note that most of the below are “must have,” not “nice to have.”

First and foremost, you need to understand and love the goal of my content — helping people unlock their latent potential, and providing non-obvious toolkits to that end.

These types of stories must make you excited to conquer the world, do huge things, and tackle big problems. Alignment with the above mission is the most important, but you should also:

1) Have at least 2-4 years of writing/editorial experience
2) Be a great writer and equally good at editing/improving other people’s writing.
3) Have managed tight deadlines and successfully put together editorial calendars.
4) Ideal: Have managed other writers.
5) Ideal: Comfortable with WordPress.
6) Ideal but not required: Live in or near SF.  Remote is also possible.

I need someone with relevant experience. This is non-negotiable. I cannot take fresh grads or people who don’t check most of the above boxes. I’m hiring a pro, not looking to mentor someone from ground zero.

DOWNSIDES

A friend and well-known editor for a massive site cautioned me about this section. In his words:

“[It’s] great to tell people about these, but maybe be a little less brutal with your self-descriptions? These are reasonable expectations in my trade.”

Alas, I still prefer the Shackleton approach to job descriptions. Being my Managing Editor will not be easy. Rewarding? Definitely. Exciting at many times? Absolutely. Easy? Not likely. Think of it like a professional sports team.  I’m not going to haze you or anything stupid, but my content works because I take it very, very seriously. We’re here to create posts that are more valuable (traffic-wise) two years after publication than the week we put them out. We want epic content that gets linked to by “real” media all over the world. If you have the right personality for it, you’ll love this. But…

Here are some fair expectations:

* I’m an unrelenting perfectionist. If you’re not the same, it will probably make you insane.
* I live and die by deadlines. They are absolutely sacred, and I am merciless about this.
* You will need to be self-directed and very self-organized. Besides inflexible deadlines, I won’t provide a lot of structure. I assume you’re bringing a lot of your own process and best practices.
* You need good mental and physical stamina, and you MUST have the discipline to “turn off” and recharge during off hours. You should have a regular exercise regimen or activities for decompressing.

STILL INTERESTED? NEXT STEPS…

Great!

Just to re-emphasize: I absolutely need someone with experience. If you have no experience, there will be other opportunities with me in 2015. Please don’t clog things up here.

If you do check most boxes, I’d LOVE to hear from you.  2015 is going to be a LOT of fun.

Please click here to tell me about yourself.  Any questions?  Please let me know in the comments, which I’ll be watching.

Thank you for reading this far, and Happy New Year, all!

Pura vida,

Tim

Posted on: December 29, 2014.

The Tim Ferriss Show is generally the #1 business podcast on iTunes, and it was selected for iTunes' "Best of 2015." Each episode deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. If you want to 10x your productivity, click here.

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177 comments on “Looking for a Change in 2015? How About Becoming My Managing Editor?

  1. Hey Tim, an unrelated comment but I just wanted to tell you about a small modification I made to the “Effortless Superhuman” Chapter that exploded my results.
    Your program involves doing the sumo deadlft 3x a week or bringing it back to 2x if you can’t recover in time. I hit a plateau pretty quickly even doing it just 2x. I decided to try bringing it back to just 1x a week and it changed everything. I’m now up to 330lbs comfortably. I feel like superman haha. All the best for the new year!

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  2. Hey Tim ! You have a great talent i like to much your life style, im from mexico, and i was thinking if you giveme some advice ir your point of vew of my actual y situation

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  3. Eagerly awaiting an opportunity for an AdWords expert and/or conversion rate optimizer to be posted. Think it’s a possibility? (fingers crossed)

    – Nicole Mintiens Twitter: @Tregesy

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  4. Tim,
    I’ve been following your work since 2007 and consider myself one of your “True Fans” (re: thetechnium). While I understand what you do, and would eagerly commit to this calling, I know of someone far more qualified. She has a masters in literature and on the side manages a social media campaign for a startup. She is an aspiring writer, extremely attention oriented, hard working, and insightful. I need some time to speak with her; is there a deadline to your decision and an approximate start date?

    PS: Since this is my first post to your blog, I would also like to thank you for your work and the inspirations that they frequently accompany.

    Happy New Year!

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  5. I wish I had some experience for this! I’m such a type A organizer that I know I would have that part down. I have a creative and weird mind as well. I just don’t have the writing experience to warrant my application. Looking forward to the other opportunities Tim!

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  6. I’m pretty sure you will find the right person.
    Not sure if you care about how interconnected your old blogposts are with the newer ones.
    This could potentially increase the engagement of users coming from organic search and could also further grow your list exponentially. Good luck Tim!

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  7. Hey Tim,

    Avid fan and listener of your podcast. I can check most of the boxes (founder of a highly trafficked WordPress based site with multiple authors) but was wondering if you had a personal assistant spot opening up anytime in the near horizon?

    As you said I don’t want to clog up your processes, applying my general passion to work for you in a position I may not be the best fit for.

    Cheers,

    Paul

    Oh and by the way, your post would already have been scheduled to be published well in advance of the 15 minute window when the hypothetical tech glitch manifests itself.

    But in all seriousness I would tease your expectant social audience with details of late breaking developments related to the scheduled piece that you are vetting as we speak requiring a little more time.

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    • So, you would lie to his readers? I agree that the post would already be scheduled to post from within WordPress – but to blatantly mislead his readers? What if he wasn’t “vetting” any of this late breaking content you mentioned? Maybe he’s already 3 months ahead in his content creation/ publication and doesn’t have time to add to this article? You just made him look twice as bad. Missed deadline and forcing him to add new content or make him look bad. tsk tsk.

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    • Scheduling a post is a great way to help ensure it goes up at the right time, but there are still things that could go wrong. What if there’s a serious hosting outage right before the post is due to go live? What if the site is under attack? Maybe someone was working on the site (theme, plugins, etc.) and inadvertently screwed it up? Given that there are a lot of influential people being featured, there’s also a remote chance someone could change their mind about allowing something to be published – requiring a last minute rewrite or redaction.

      Most of that stuff is fairly uncommon, but if you’re dealing with serious deadlines on a high volume site, it’s worth considering the possibilities and figuring out what preparations and backup plans can be made.

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  8. I wish I had the experience for a position like this! I’m such a type A organizer that I know I would have that part down. I’m also a creative and weird mind as well. I just don’t have the writing experience to warrant my application. Looking forward to future opportunities Tim!

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  9. Ooof, what an opportunity! It’s because of your work why I am currently living in Colombia working towards my 4HWW, while working on my 4-hour body, while taking down Spanish with your 4-hour chef techniques – at age 22. I feel as though I fall just short of your qualifications and experience, so I will trust you when you say there will be other opportunities to work with you this coming year. However, if this positions becomes available for 2016, expect to hear from me.

    All the best, Tim!

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  10. I love the honesty of this job description. I’ve had a few gigs in my career where it was not so open. Although I am a great writer I am not those other things so I won’t bother you with that, but if you are ever in the need for a great CFO. I’ll knock your socks off. I’ve done it for decades and worked for people like Spielberg and his team so I know how to do world-class.

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  11. Hi, Tim.

    First of all, I would like to say that I don’t usually comment on blogs and I mostly lurk, but I just wanted to reach out to you and say THANK YOU for everything that you are. I am a huge (but quiet) fan and I admire your dedication to inspire a lot of people in discovering and acting on their potential. I am one of those people you have inspired.

    Secondly, I am extremely interested in this post, however, you did mention you are strict on experience. My editing and writing experience per se are mostly informal projects like my corporate newsletter, my college newsletter, passion projects, and a few of my friends’ stuff. So I am not sure if those would qualify for the “experience” you are looking for. Nevertheless, I believe I have more than what you are expecting for a managing editor and we share the same passions. I believe passion is a gem. I also have a fresh set of eyes on a lot of things, which is usually what fuels innovation and creative ideation.

    Please let me know if I can apply. I wouldn’t want to clog your application list without making sure my “experience” will work for you.🙂

    Thank you in advance.

    Happy holidays and have a great 2015!!!

    Regards,
    Angeline

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    • Doing the unrealistic is easier than the realistic … give it a try, the worst that can happen is that you won’t get the job. Which means nothing will change. If you do get it, you get to work with freakin’ Tim Ferriss!

      I think you should do it despite your lack of experience…!

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  12. It’s killing me that I’m not entirely qualified for this job! After 20 years working in a family business I’m having to change careers (which, if I had time to tell the entire story, you would agree is likely a blessing). Writing has been a life long passion for me, and helping other people is an inherent part of who I am (to my own detriment, at times). I love taking a story and making it more accessible to the reader…thus, I do believe my “calling” is some form of writing. I may live in Canada, but I’m in the right timezone. That said, although I am a quick study, I don’t have word press experience and I don’t have technical experience managing other writers (aside from inside my former business – which was an entirely different field). So, I’ve wasted your time bemoaning my lack of qualifications…therefore, I’ll follow up with a very Canadian “sorry”. You are one inspirational individual!! Best of luck to you with your search!

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    • Do it … worst case scenario, nothing changes with only <10 minutes of your time used. Best case could change the course of your life for the better. Ergo, you should submit your application. Remember the contest in Chapter 4 of the 4HWW … do not overestimate your competition.

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  13. When someone like me (unemployed) reads a post like this, all kinds of lights go on in ones brain. I gave it a good read, but unfortunately i don’t fit the profile. Well, anyway, i hope you find the right person for the job, and wish you a very good new year, filled with new projects and great material for us to read and enjoy.🙂 On another subject, where are the promised “The Tim Ferriss Experiment” episodes? Thank you, and have a great one!

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  14. Wow, killer opportunity. Here’s hoping you let this individual share a short personal intro on the blog or in your podcast. I’d be interested to know the backstory of whomever you choose. Keep up the great work & solid content Tim!

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  15. Question re: the application: “Do you have experience as an editor?” Do you mean as a formal job? Or is that more broadly defined? I write a lot and edit my own work and have edited for others, but never held that as a title… Not sure how to answer this question.

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  16. Well, this made my pulse beat a little faster…

    I’m very keen to apply but have an important question. How remote are you willing to go? Considering your deadlines and other requirements, is Sydney, Australia, out of the question? (Note: I can spell in American English!)

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  17. Just finished my form. I fit all the requirements and I know I can be a huge asset. Your downsides don’t scare me and I just happen to like tequila. Why wait until February?

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  18. Whoa, incredible. I would definitely love to be part of such venture. Nevertheless, I do not tick some boxes. Power to the one who set the sails along you.
    .

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  19. Been a huge fan/stalker since 2007, and think I have a great handle on much of what makes up Tim Ferriss, but not the right fit for me.

    I’ll hold out for the “new best friend” job posting.😉 lol

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  20. Hi Tim, I am a huge fan and I’ve read all your books. I’m especially partial to The 4-Hour Chef. I have over ten years of event planning experience and feel like I would be great for the job (I am adept at multi-tasking complicated projects and schedules), but I don’t have the editorial experience necessary. I’m sure you are already receiving a deluge of overqualified candidates! I look forward to hear about the other upcoming opportunities in 2015.

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  21. Wow, what an opportunity. Its very tempting to apply, but sadly (not really) I’m busy living the lifestyle you have inspired me to live. I have a great business that requires about 20 hours per week. An additional 20 hours per week would not leave time for the all the snowboarding, biking, volunteering, adventure, and family time that your systems have allowed me to have.

    THANK YOU for empowering me to have a life where I don’t need to work for you🙂

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  22. Tim,
    My experience with incorporating management professionals into my own business has inspired me to pass on some knowledge to you. These are in random order and please use Bruce Lees’ maxim when considering them: “Take what is useful and discard the rest.”
    You are seeking a self motivated, driven, perfectionist with good mental and physical stamina. The problem is that you are looking for someone that can run a business on their own without being told what to do by you. They are more likely to call their own game than try to please you for money.
    You will likely have greater success hiring for trust and malleability than you will with hiring for technical proficiency, self direction, and previous experience. The dynamics of human interaction are simply too complex for you to have but the remotest chance of finding a long term cohort by using the Craigs List method of job posting. You are more likely to find a short term, overzealous, soon to be entrepreneur who drives their own projects to
    completion. Someone that you know or a friend of a friend will probably have a greater possibility of succeeding with you than someone who simply filled out the questionnaire satisfactorily.
    The last thing I will say is that you may want to have your agent or another manager do the hiring for two reasons. 1. To provide an unbiased and possibly more accurate evaluation of the candidates and 2. It may be easier to recommission the person elsewhere should it become necessary.
    I have taken the time to write these suggestions to you with the sincerest hopes that they help in any way to help you find the best person for the position.

    Best you you,
    Joe Antra

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  23. Wow, what an opportunity! I just retired from the military after 25+ years as a journalist, editor, and public relations/mass communication specialist. Meeting tight deadlines, handling adverse pressure, and ‘getting it done’ were the norm, not the exception. All of your products have been extremely valuable as I used their content and processes to help many others reach their goals as well as myself in having a successful military career, while pursuing academic (BA in Journalism, an MBA, and a PhD in org psych) and athletic (internationally competitive in multiple sports including world champion in powerlifting) goals…anyhow, my form is headed your way. Thanks and may 2015 be your BEST!

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  24. Very disappointing – the real Tim Ferris would build his own virtual managing editor, like Tony Stark’s Jarvis! It would be maintained by an insanely smart network of global editors and curiously skilled mutants, who would pay Tim to be linked into his network – knowing that the global exposure would be more than worth it. Proceeds from this new publishing engine would help to fund Ferris Industries’ expansion into wearable learning devices and thought activated AR gaming gear.

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    • You must be referring to the original and less knownTim Ferris from 1944. The Model S (hence the additional S at the end of the model name) featured on this blog wasn’t built until 1977. It was one of the first cars that was designed to be more effective, rather than just more efficient.

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  25. What an awesome opportunity! It sounds like you’re looking for someone who has rich relationship management skills in addition to writing and editing experience. Are you open to candidates who don’t have a public record of high-traffic long-form content, and more of a background in high-stress project management and talent/influencer relationships? The application form is understandably skewed towards experienced writers, so I wanted to check to see if you were going to discount anyone who answers “NO” to the first question. I hope you’re willing to entertain candidates who have a bit of writing experience but would excel in managing your timelines, content strategy and influencer outreach. If so, I think I know someone…. 🙂

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  26. Hey Tim! Huge fan of your work. I live in India but do meet most of the other criteria. Would I still qualify to apply for the job? Thanks!

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  27. Hi Tim!
    I’ve just tried to submit my application, but I don’t have an American phone number, so it’s not letting me submit it. Is there a way around this?

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  28. now why can’t all prospective bosses right job ads like that?!! Actually truthful and cover everything! Well done Sir! I always find companies bullshit just as much as the interviewee and then the job isn’t what was advertised and nor is the candidate a perfect match! This is pure genius writing in itself! Goodluck on finding a managing editor!

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  29. Putting my name in there for the future. I read (and take notes on) 10 books per month, run two businesses, and compete HARD in amateur boxing.

    Non-profit opportunities in 2015? Sign me up. One of my 2015 goals is to donate $10,000 to Kiva and since it’s on my list, success is a forgone conclusion.

    Hope you find someone spectacular for your managing editor!

    All the best,

    Matt K
    [Moderator: Link removed]

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  30. Hey Tim,

    I fit the criteria in more ways than what you’ll realise and I know I’m your guy.

    I made 2 phone calls to get an interview with John Demartini (http://lorenzodelano.com/john-demartini-born-to-lead/) and going to interview Tim Noakes in Jan 2015.

    Here’s my review of your book on my blog (http://lorenzodelano.com/4-hour-work-week-book-review/). I know your work inside out. My girlfriend and I spend many of our weekend nights watching the random show (she says without Kevin you would be way too serious too often, lol)

    I’m reminded of Robert Greene’s apprenticeship approach toward mastery when I think of this opportunity. I would love to work with you, learn from you, offer my talents, and become the best sound board you’ve ever had for future projects.

    I’m South African and willing to relocate to SF if necessary. Definitely a loss for the both of us if this is a problem for you.

    By the way, it’s about time we give your blog a bit of an upgrade😉

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  31. Aloha Bro Tim—love this duel and challenge…does Afghanistan or Iraq war zones qualify as “hazardous journey” (check) , small wages (how I raised myself from success {homeless} to six-figures) (check), bitter cold {South Korean winters-no interviews here!}(check), safe return doubtful {been there/doing this} (check)qualify? No problemo…some say it’s too big, I say it’s too big too miss. BTW, I think your 4 Hour Body saved my life—sounds like you need to hit anti-aging hard in 2015… Anyway, Mahalo and I shall apply—-what have I got to lose in trying? 100% if I don’t try!

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  32. The best of luck on finding the right person for the job! It’s nice to see the Costa Rican slogan at the end. Although I’m not sure if most of your subscribers will get it.

    Pura vida!
    Arturo

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  33. Change in 2015? Bored? Defeat computer (algorithm) playing Quoridor in less than 5 games. Spend 30 minutes on research (strategy) then play 1st game. Rules to Quoridor – spend no more than 10 seconds. Toughest task = stalling the brain to not overheat trying to compute the endless combinational moves available playing thee most SIMPLISTIC game known to mankind. If you have a background in game theory and/or structural engineering – enjoy your Holiday time off.
    Chess? …please.

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  34. You must have an exciting year ahead! Considering you are doing such a great job without a managing editor, I can only imagine an explosion in workload has occurred to require an extra pair of hands to help you out. I would love to consider myself appropriate for such a position – but alas, I feel my credentials are woefully bereft of your requirements.

    If I may suggest a few potential interviewees, however, they would be the following: –

    Jean Marie Lehn – invented his own branch of Chemistry and nobel prize winner.

    Sir Ranulph Fiennes – UK explorer. Suggest his auto-biography as a must-read (“Mad, bad and dangerous to know”)

    John MacLean – First wheelchair athlete to complete the Hawaii Ironman. Autobiography – “Sucking the marrow out of life”

    Rodney Yee – Yoga expert and producer of a number of home yoga videos.

    Brian May – Queen guitarist and PhD in Physics

    Brian Cox – Physics professor, TV presenter and D-Reem Keyboardist!

    Your podcasts and blog posts have provided mental nourishment along my own startup journey – long may your good work continue and I hope you find a managing editor whose skill level compliments your own.

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  35. Tim,
    You had me at, “perfectionist.” My biggest pet peeve is when people use the wrong there/their/they’re, followed by a close second of the incorrect use of your/you’re, I make my friends text me again if they use the wrong one🙂 Ha Ha!
    Question about your deadlines. Completely agree, and think the “pencils down date” should be days prior to the actual deadline, but curious if you would rather rush something to be on time, or have your work be “perfect” and ensuring accuracy, and miss a deadline.
    Curious,
    Karen

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  36. Hey Tim,

    You say you’re a man of deadlines but don’t have any deadline listed here for when applications would close. Like you, I am a perfectionist and deadline oriented (and sometimes leaving things closer to deadline makes for better copy!)

    I’m Australian based so some sort of timezone specificity would be good.

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  37. I hope everyone on here has had a great holiday season so far. Tim, I’m a big fan of The Four Hour Work Week and The Four Hour Body and they have contributed to the constant improvement of my life in many ways. I’ve enjoyed your blog for a long time as well although I haven’t contributed as often as I would like. I’m a fairly successful entrepreneur in Los Angeles and earlier this year I took control of a Pink Sheets company and began development of a project in a rich emerging market that I think might interest you (and be very lucrative). I’ve gotten the company current in it’s reporting with Pink Sheets and have been preparing for a PCAOB audit to get the company reporting to the SEC again. Development is underway and I’m aiming to launch the product in the first half of 2015. If you have any interest please let me know and I will send you detailed information. I know you’re extremely busy so I won’t bother you if it’s not something you’re into but it can’t hurt to ask : )
    Happy New Year!

    Jeremy

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  38. Such an awesome opportunity!! I am currently an electrical engineer working towards the 4-Hour lifestyle in 2015, really excited to hear about upcoming potential opportunities in the near future, I would love to ditch this gig and get with more like-minded game changers, you are a great inspiration to so many, thank you and happy new year!

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  39. Hello Tim,

    Thank you for posting the above opportunity. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year! It does look as though 2015 will be an exciting and influential year for you, and I am excited to have the chance to be considered as an applicant for your open Managing Editor position.

    In review of my application, I do hope that you find similarities between myself and that which you described. I look at myself as a Jack of All Trades and am currently working within a role where writing, interviewing, reaching out to both clients and candidates to book interviews, prepare them and confirm them, while still “handling quite a bit” else, are my top priorities.

    I have loved writing for as long as I can remember, but even before then I loved to edit. I am, at the root, a corrector and perfecter. As you will see on my resume, I have been compensated for both for roughly two years now. This, I hope, clears up requirements one through three. I have not managed other writers, outside of my unpaid experience working as an Editor for “Silver Lining”, which I mention in my application. You will also find therein that I am comfortable with WordPress and although I do not live in the sunny state of California, I would love to visit and would without hesitation consider relocating.

    Lastly, I do hope that from the given information you find that I am most definitely “excited to conquer the world, do huge things, and tackle big problems”. More than anything, the mark I’d like to leave on the world is a positive one. The grand influences you are making on the lives of many is inspiring, to say the least, and I feel strongly that you and I working as a team will only enhance that affect.

    Sincerely,
    Melanie Scherr

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  40. Sorry about the timing of this opportunity. I think I’d be qualified, but I’ve got a book coming out next month (Midwest Maize) and just signed a contract for another book, so I’m going to be pretty overwhelmed for the next year. But I’m an award-winning writer, experienced editor (25 years), world traveler (37 countries on six continents and counting), blogger, speaker, geographer, and food historian, which parallels at least a few of your interests and needs. But I don’t live near SF — and I’m not going to have any free time for a while. Hope you find the perfect person — and hope you have a very happy New Year. I look forward to seeing why you can do when you have someone helping!

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  41. Tim – Thanks for describing potential downsides in detail. Very important, often overlooked or mostly not included in job descriptions. You could have also pointed to Charlie Hoehn posts “Preventing Burnout: A Cautionary Tale” to have someone close to you describe potential downsides PLUS Charlie is a great example of what it means to work with you (my biggest PERK🙂. I admire everyone who does, will and did work with you! Good luck in finding an awesome fit!!!

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  42. Hi Tim!

    Long time listener, second time commenter! I’m also not qualified! However I would love to pitch you on an (app) idea, so that I [might] be able to finally sleep again! Please let me know if you’d at least humor me.

    Skál,

    Jeff

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  43. Screw it! I’m applying! Tim, you’re awesome and I cannot tell you how much I would love to work for you. I’ve been obsessing over my application for three days. I can check most of these boxes, and have been working as a writer and editor for years. Energy, enthusiasm, and an unrelenting dedication to giving you the very best I have is all yours for the asking. I live in Pittsburgh (and would like to stay here) but have zero travel restrictions.

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  44. Tim – You are good for the planet and for the human race. You help people believe in themselves and explore human potential. This job description is an inspiration not only to me (as an entrepreneur) but to anyone that wants to hold themselves to inspiring high standards of creativity, fun and achievement.
    I contacted you a few years ago about developing a reality show with you and you were in a deal with History at the time. Regardless, your assistant responded within 24 hours to every email and created a thought provoking dialog about how we might be able to work together, all revolving around creating possibilities and solutions.

    The world is a better place with you in it!

    Thanks

    Chris Johnson

    PS – VERY sorry to clog the pipeline here, but you inspired this!!!!

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  45. Sounds like an awesome oppurtunity, too bad i have none of those skills. When you are looking to mentor someone from ground zero …email me

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  46. I would apply, but I do not lie about my qualifications. While I qualify partially, I know there’s someone else better fit for this position.

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  47. Hello Tim,

    I’m a big fan, and love the work you do. In fact I’ve done much of it even before I came across you and your work. I read all your books in a week this November when I was recuperating after an awful hosptial stay. It helped me accomplish so much during a low time in my life.

    I want to work with you, and I love this job opportunity, but I know I am not what you describe and require. By December 2015, I will be though, and I’ll have the portfolio work to match.

    I want to propose something else. What if I supported the true hire that you make. As an assistant or intern. Someone who can produce additional work for the hiree, maintain support and motivation, a second (or third) perspective, and my other strengths that we can discuss?

    I’m not starting from scratch, but up until learning virtually from you and Ramit Sethi and Charlie Hoehn this fall, I didn’t take my past 10 years of experience seriously.

    Now I am, which is why I don’t want to waste your time by filling out your application partially. I don’t have materials that you required in your questions. All I have is the experience that I can share more in a different medium. As well as my tenacity that’s allowed me to do so much out of necessity, and a sense of drive to overcome my mental and emotional barriers of silly invisible fears.

    It’s 2015. I’m ready to work, and happy to help you in your goals as they are in line with my vision of success for myself in the management space.

    Thank you Tim,
    Max Rouzier

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  48. Tim,

    Appreciate all your efforts in the content you put out in your work. I think my friend, Amanda, would knock your role out of the park!

    Forwarding this to her now. Feel free to check out her LinkedIn here: ww.linkedin.com/in/abray85

    Paul

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  49. I first read The 4-Hour Workweek in 2009 and it took me five long years before taking the leap to become an independent editor. So, perhaps it’s fair to say you’re the reason I can even apply for this job.

    I’m a trusted editorial advisor to many, primarily because I won’t lie. I’m the best friend who will say you look hideous in that wedding dress. The same goes for the written word — I won’t let you sound foolish, and I know how to help you refine your ideas and the exploration inside them. Leaders turn to me to write uncomfortable or confrontational e-mails. Why? Because I know how to do so truthfully and with tact. Toss in a few years in editorial management, hiring (and firing) writers and designers, and designing content production processes — and there’s my resume.

    Let’s work together, shall we?

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  50. [Big Fan– New Hire Support Proposal– Do You Hire Interns or Non-Virtual Assistants?]
    I posted this before, but I don’t think it actually published. Here it is again.

    Hello Tim,

    I’m a big fan, and love the work you do. In fact I’ve done much of it even before I came across you and your work. I read all your books in a week this November when I was recuperating after an awful hosptial stay. It helped me accomplish so much during a low time in my life.

    I want to work with you, and I love this job opportunity, but I know I am not what you describe and require. By December 2015, I will be though, and I’ll have the portfolio work to match.

    I want to propose something else. What if I supported the true hire that you make. As an assistant or intern. Someone who can produce additional work for the hiree, maintain support and motivation, a second (or third) perspective, and my other strengths that we can discuss?

    I’m not starting from scratch, but up until learning virtually from you and Ramit Sethi and Charlie Hoehn this fall, I didn’t take my past 10 years of experience seriously.

    Now I am, which is why I don’t want to waste your time by filling out your application partially. I don’t have materials that you required in your questions. All I have is the experience that I can share more in a different medium. As well as my tenacity that’s allowed me to do so much out of necessity, and a sense of drive to overcome my mental and emotional barriers of silly invisible fears.

    It’s 2015. I’m ready to work, and happy to help you in your goals as they are in line with my vision of success for myself in the management space.

    Thank you Tim,
    Max Rouzier

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  51. Tim,

    I’m a big fan of your work and know that your greatest achievements have yet to come. Being a college student studying business and media, reading this post is like reading my ideal future job description. I would love to hear a play by play audio or video account of your hiring process. There is a podcast called “StartUp” by Alex Blumberg from This American Life & Project Money that does an excellent job of recording and displaying his daily interactions with VC’s, potential business partners and even advertisers. I think an episode of your podcast in this manner would be unique and ultimately work well. I’m really looking forward to the possibility of working with you (and your newfound Managing Editor 😉) in 2015 when more opportunities arise. Keep fighting that good fight.

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  52. Wow…what an amazing opportunity for someone, in fact, I was damn well tempted to apply myself…then I noticed that I’d be required to work 16 hours more than I’m doing currently – and, apparently, that’s just for starters – So, based on the strength of that I’ll have to decline sending in my details.

    In all seriousness, this will be a dynamite job and I do hope that the right person finds you. It’ll be interesting seeing how things progress in the new year with someone of those credentials freeing up your time, allowing your creativity to flow onto bigger and better things.

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  53. Hi Tim! If you’ll need a VA in 2015 I’ll be more than happy to help. I already work as a VA for Francis Tapon (one of the most famous world backpackers) who’s also an author of two books, but I wouldn’t mind to take on some more work as I admire you as an author and read your blog regularly! All the best in 2015!

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  54. I’m submitting my application for assistant to this position for survival wages. Working with vagabondish flexibility and will relocate easily. Recent Lit / Eng undergrad and study abroad experience in Costa Rica, (pura vida!) and ardent observer of the creative process. Please keep us posted on any auxiliary needs — all the best!

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  55. Hey Tim,

    Like many others have commented, my heart skipped a beat when I saw the first email about this. I filled out the form immediately, as I believe I check most of your boxes. I haven’t had a paid position specifically as an editor, but I’ve written my own copy and re-written copy for my clients for over 4 years. I have also worked for Eben Pagan for the last 3 years, so I get the world of online marketing.

    I’m on the east coast but will be visiting SF at the start of February. I’m also happy to come out regularly. I’m also willing to work with you for a month for free so you can be sure we’re a match. One of my businesses is hiring and training virtual assistants for other people, so I know what it’s like to have a bad hire.

    Love your job description and applaud your specificity.

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  56. I haven’t stopped thinking about this position since the email landed in my inbox yesterday. This job is the perfect fit for my skillset and my New Year’s goals to align my work with my life’s goals and ambitions. Working with you would be an honor and a privilege. I just submitted my application. Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers!

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  57. Hey, Tim!
    Just sent in my application. I’m a pretty new transfer to the Bay Area and have been looking like a project like this. Seems like a perfect fit. Pura Vida a usted… I started one of my online businesses during the year I lived in Costa Rica. Hope to talk soon!
    Abby

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  58. Hey – if you have a hard time deciding between a couple finalists, try asking about their experience with accessibility. 30% of Americans have a disability so it’s important to make sure they have access.

    I’m deaf and a lot of videos are not captioned and podcasts don’t have transcripts. It’s kind of a bummer and I’ve started to tune out your emails because lately more often than not the post is about a podcast. The blind and physically disabled have different needs (some cannot use mouses so they have to use keyboard commands to move around the screen).

    Captioning and transcribing does have a lot of SEO benefit, and if done right it can be auto-translated into other languages, making you accessible world-wide.

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    • Elise, I never thought about transcription helping people in this way. Now I’m going to look into transcribing materials for that specific use. I type 135 wpm and was actually able to pay for my college education with this skill. If the podcasts weren’t so long, I’d transcribe them for you, but I hope soon your needs will be accommodated.

      Also, I have a hard time listening to the podcasts without something to look at. My mind wanders. Same with news — the trend is now for a lot of it to be presented in videos, but I’d rather read my news stories than watch them. Several times I’ve thought of posting this request, so I’m glad you did. Tim, please provide transcripts and consider adding video to at least some of the interviews. From a historical perspective, I think it will be a matter of great regret that only soundbites will be left from these amazing interviews!

      See, Tim, this is another reason you should hire me, besides the fact that I fit all the criteria except living in SF (but would consider moving next year). I can’t wait until March so I stop waiting for a call to say I got the managing editor job. (Hey, sorry about submitting a second, desperate application — I just really, really want this and I’m acutely aware of what a long shot it is.)

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  59. Hey – if you have a hard time deciding between a couple finalists, try asking about their experience with accessibility. 30% of Americans have a disability so it’s important to make sure they have access.

    I’m deaf and a lot of videos are not captioned and podcasts don’t have transcripts. It’s kind of a bummer and I’ve started to tune out your emails because lately more often than not the post is about a podcast. The blind and physically disabled have different needs (some cannot use mouses so they have to use keyboard commands to move around the screen).

    Captioning and transcribing does have a lot of SEO benefit, and if done right it can be auto-translated into other languages, making you accessible world-wide.

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    • That’s a great point Lisiwisi. We use it a lot for optimizing YouTube channels, and I believe a lot of opportunities in this area for publishing podcast transcripts for accessibility or collecting to make an ebook.

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  60. Hi Tim,

    Would love to work with you and have applied. There were two minor problems with the form however
    1. (very common) Although the form appears to entertain the idea that someone might apply from outside the US, it rejects non-US phone numbers… duh!
    2. There’s no facility to upload a CV… which would be nice. A lot of potential editors will have worked hard on explaining their skills and experience in their CV, and your form won’t capture much of it, although the LinkedIn link should help.

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  61. Hi Tim and everyone! Happy 2015!

    Tim, I already submitted an application, but wanted to add “8 Ways I Can Help Make Tim Ferriss’ Life Easier in 2015″ — funny, sounds like something I would write on Huff Post.

    So here goes…

    1. As an expert on “handling quite a bit” — writing, building a biz, blogging for Huff Post, coaching and consulting – and as a huge fan, I would happily add Managing Editor for 4HWW to assist you in relieving some of that unnecessary stress.

    2. As a writer, editor and coach I can help you focus on and clarify what you want to write, achieve, do with the 4HWW blog over the next 6-12 months so that together we can create an action plan/editorial calendar to make 2015 an even more successful year.

    3. Having been a top performing pharma rep, I’m self-sufficient, great at organizing schedules, meetings and tracking down hard-to-reach people so don’t worry about a thing here, I got you covered!

    4. With over 5-yrs. experience writing and editing my portfolio includes: editing a business book for one of the top international business schools, articles like my Huff Post “5 Ways to Keep the Erotic Spark in Your Relationship” or Bootsnall’s “7 Reasons Why Everyone Should Travel Solo at Least Once” (both shared over 5K times). Thus, I have the breadth, depth and range to help you draft, edit, improve upon, create, etc. original, life-changing, SEO rich content so that you can continue to help people reach their full potential (myself included!).

    5. I recently moved back to the states from Barcelona — currently city, LA – but am 100% remote and would be happy to relocate to SF part-time or visit often. I also speak Spanish and some Brazilian Portuguese🙂

    6. Managing tight deadlines, improving other people’s writing, organizing editorial calendars, whatever you need, you’re covered! Also, WP and I are ol’ friends and I can help you give the 4HWW blog a facelift for 2015 — btw love the landing page!

    7. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to writing so we’ll get along just great.

    8. I already want to conquer the world, do huge things, tackle big problems and have been on the 4HWW bandwagon since 2007 so we’re on the same page.

    Wishing everyone a successful 2015 and Tim, hope to see you and your team in SF in February!

    Renee

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  62. I LOVE YOUR PODCAST!!!! I stumbled upon it a few months ago and I’M ADDICTED!!!! Your amazing!!!! Thank you!!!!

    I’ve been a critical care nurse for 14 years and I’ve seen some pretty crazy stuff for sure… the ER and ICU are ridiculous places to work… often times unimaginable… society at it’s worst can be ugly!!!…… Sorry off track. So I’m a HATER of the pharmaceutical world! It’s disgusting! Seriously even the physician’s are brain washed to prescribe a medication for an alignment that could so logically be fixed with OMG…. I’m going to get crazy here…. CHANGING THE DIET!!!! I mean seriously this is NOT ROCKET science here!!!! Ok so that being said. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease last year and am soooooooo frustrated with the medical community! It wasn’t until i saw a functional medicine doctor that I finally found out all the obvious symptoms were related to my thyroid. It is the most common autoimmune disease in women and yet we are soooo undertreated!!!! I saw TWO Endocrinologist who drew labs looked at them and because my TSH wasn’t out of rang wouldn’t treat me even though I had all these symptoms. I went to see a functional medicine doctor and the first thing she asked after reviewing my symptoms was why no one had addressed my thyroid issue!!!! I wanted to cry!!! It was the first time I felt like I wasn’t CRAZY!!! I did go on medication for a while and then after lots and lots of research I went off and started taking supplements to help support my thyroid and I feel like a different person! Hashimoto’s is the most common cause of low thyroid and guess what this will be a real shocker it’s related to DIET!!! Imagine that!!!! I would love if you had a leading expert talk about low thyroid. The data about diet and medication is just soooo mixed up and of course there is so many different schools of thought!!!! HELP ME and millions of other women who suffer from this miserable disease!!! It’s so frustrating we are so written off and labeled complainers and given antidepressants and pain medication to shut us up!!!!!!

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  63. I’d make an ideal managing editor, but it seems I’m not on your level yet.

    I’ve owned my own newspaper, currently run an online news publication which attracts about 50,000 pageviews per month, have managed other writers (I have a knack for turning so-so writing into good writing), have lined up interviews, and have my own structure which meshes well with others.

    If there are indeed more opportunities in 2015, it would be interesting to work with you.

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  64. Submitted and forgot to invite you to join my on my 18th dive and snorkeling trip to Maldives (diving at the Equator) January 26 to February 2, 2015. You can interview me there. Email me and I can send details. Have a group of super cool dive clients joining.

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  65. *** KANGAROOS CAN FLY ***

    Tim hi,

    A few partners and I are putting together an online Business Academy in Israel. We are interviewing the most successful business & entrepreneurs Israel has and post the interviews online for our audience to watch and learn from their experience.

    It would be SUPER COOL if we could interview you (in English, not Hebrew…!) by video, voice, email – whatever!!!

    Please say you will!

    Thanks,
    Leah

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  66. Hey Tim, I submitted my application. I look forward to interviewing with you and sharing my diverse background in online publishing, managing large teams, building brands and start up companies. My editorial background is a perfect fit for this position. I am super excited to discuss the various ways I will streamline the editorial process for the blog, podcast, new video series and more! – Matt Geller

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  67. I’m supposedly a very good writer and we’d work well together, but some things wouldn’t mesh. I need autonomy and no deadlines in order for my creativity to flourish.
    http://selfhacked.com/2015/01/06/setting-goals-can-bad-idea/

    However, I’m working on some cutting edge ideas, products, etc… that may make you highly intrigued. For example, I started dissecting the mechanisms by which genes work and how to change your lifestyle and supplements accordingly.

    This is not meant to be reader friendly nor convey the ideas in my head, but it’s a small hint at what I’m working on.
    http://selfhacked.com/2014/12/24/23andme-results/

    Anyway, if you’re looking for an ‘adjunct’ here are some samples of some of my reader friendly posts:
    http://selfhacked.com/2014/02/12/how-to-increase-orexin-and-decrease-fatigue-naturally/
    http://selfhacked.com/2014/09/15/obesity-causes/
    http://selfhacked.com/2014/10/01/experience-lsd/

    I’d be interested when a laid back part time position became available.

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  68. Hi Tim! We just sent in our application. Hoping to be the first husband-and-wife team to do so. Two veteran writers and editors for the price of one – how can you pass that up?!

    Happy Day of Epiphany,
    Allen and Lani Voivod, your Allies in Possibility🙂

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  69. Like everyone here, I devoured the Four-Hour Workweek when it came out. I’m proud to say I can check every box on the application, so I did! I wonder: how many high tech editor/bloggers who are also recent Grammy winners are in the queue? I figure Tim Ferriss is the one cat who wouldn’t be put off by such a combo, but rather excited by the cross-over potential!

    I sent in my application yesterday. My experience is primarily as a freelance writer and editor in chief for a San Francisco print media company founded during the Gold Rush, whose advertising and circulation model was radically different from blogging. I have been blogging independently and as a paid contributor for diverse brands since 2000 (not to mention doing other paid writing such as conference coverage and white papers). I’d be eager to work on a truly viral standalone blog like yours, bringing my understanding of journalism, editorial quality, refreshing angles, Bay Area high-tech industry/creativity/culture and deadline-driven efficiency to bear in a field where the numbers don’t lie.

    Shoot, I just realized that I have a nice Huffington Post piece that would have been good to mention on the application. Here it is! http://worldwindwriting.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/girl-geek-dinners-the-new-girl-network-is-in-full-flourish/

    Oh, and a self-help book that I haven’t promoted but is doing quite well on its own… Practice Secrets of the Pros: Motivation, Method and Memory for Musicians… and Other Athletes (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HO25DG8)

    If nothing else, I enjoyed the process of applying and am honored to be among such a great group of aspirants! (I must say, Renee impressed me!)

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    • Hi Alexa,

      First of all, I am thoroughly impressed by your confidence and the Grammy! What surprised me about some of the comments above was the lack of confidence to even apply.

      When we truly want something in life, we have to go for it. The worst thing that can happen is that we don’t get it and then we try again. Yesterday I read the introduction of “The Alchemist” — one of my favorite books, along with 4HWW🙂 which has sold over 65 million copies — where Paulo Coelho mentions four obstacles that discourage people from confronting their dreams. Here they are:

      1. First obstacle is that as a child we are led to believe that some dreams are impossible and we eventually adapt this belief system. A few years ago, a 5-year-old boy told me that he wanted to be a superhero when he grew up and I asked, “So what do superheros do?” and he said “They save the world.” If you ask me, that’s not a bad dream to aspire to.

      2. Second, even when we know what we want, we don’t want to abandon everything in order to follow our dreams — aka quit our job, start a new business, join the “New Rich”, etc. — in fear that we might hurt our loved ones. Coelho says, those who truly wish us well are prepared to accompany us on the journey. Don’t listen to the nay-sayers, keep your eye on the ball and go for it!

      3. Third obstacle is fear, the obvious one. It’s the fear of failure of “what if it doesn’t work out” mentality. The other day I was surprised to learn that John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell, was living in his car before he started the hair care company. Now he’s worth billions. We have to try folks, otherwise why are we all here?

      4. Last, but not least the fourth obstacle, the fear of realizing our dream. They say the difference between successful people and everyone else is that last extra step. Coelho says if we believe ourselves worthy of the thing we fought so hard to get then we understand why we’re here.

      The point is, just go for it or as Richard Branson says, “Screw it, just do it!”

      Renee

      P.S. Thanks Alexa for the comment at the end, I was knocked-my-socks-off impressed by your experience and achievements so thank you. Perhaps we can find some synergies🙂 Also, Spanish, French and Portuguese, nice! Tim might want to hire two people for the position and start his own e-zine, we can call it “The Tim Ferriss Effect”.

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    • Alexa,

      First of all, thank you for the lovely compliment. Coming from a woman of your experience and background and among all the other talent here, I feel truly honored — a Grammy and 4-languages, I’m impressed!

      I wish you lots of luck and perhaps Tim will consider a handful of editors to help take his wildly successful blog to the next level in 2015.

      Again, best of luck to everyone!

      Renee

      P.S. Also, Tim, “The Tim Ferriss Effect” has a nice ring to it, have you given that name any thought? I’m thinking Huff Post meets The Colbert Report meets The Tonight Show with a twist of Super Soul Sunday. What do you think?

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  70. Hey Tim,

    After implementing some of your positivity hacks, I lost my job at PwC, as they didn’t have enough work for me, and caught me working on a startup, which was just acquired within 18 months.

    I write here and there for some sporting publications, but have never focused on it so there is no doubt there are people with experience at big publishing firms.

    However, being a past elite athlete, I do have close connections to the likes of Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, The Brownlee Brothers (Triathlon Gold, Bronze London Olympics), Sally Fitzgibbon (Google her) and many more including athlete managers.

    It would be great to hear from some more people in sport. Let me know if I can help!

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  71. Hey Tim – one more for your plethora of responses!

    I can tick off all the boxes, plus I can throw into the mix experience in Journalism, audio editing (and video), podcasting & website coding (enough to revamp/maintain a WordPress site)

    My copies of your 3 books are all re-read to near tatters. And I’m more than a little excited by the prospect of enabling you to release more content. I’m a (semi) digital nomad – and I’ve got 3 years left of my 20’s to optimise for learning.

    Can’t think of any better place to achieve that than working with you.

    I’m sure you’ve got a mountain of contact form responses to check through – mine will be there too!

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  72. Like everyone here, I devoured the Four-Hour Workweek when it came out. I’m proud to say I can check every box on the application, so I did! I wonder: how many high tech editor/bloggers who are also recent Grammy winners are in the queue? I figure Tim Ferriss is the one cat who wouldn’t be put off by such a combo, but rather excited by the cross-over potential!

    I sent in my application yesterday. My experience is primarily as a freelance writer and editor in chief for a San Francisco print media company founded during the Gold Rush, whose advertising and circulation model was radically different from blogging. I have been blogging independently and as a paid contributor for diverse brands since 2000 (not to mention doing other paid writing such as conference coverage and white papers). I’d be eager to work on a truly viral standalone blog like yours, bringing my understanding of journalism, editorial quality, refreshing angles, Bay Area high-tech industry/creativity/culture and deadline-driven efficiency to bear in a field where the numbers don’t lie.

    If nothing else, I enjoyed the process of applying and am honored to be among such a great group of aspirants! (I must say, Renee impressed me!)

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  73. Besides familiarity with wordpress, wanting to change the world (in a positive way), and being a weirdo, I don’t fit the rest of the must have criteria. Something unrelated, are you interested to know about a project that tries to bring evolution to the way students learn together, by making working in group projects more natural and pleasant, and eventually make the whole learning experience more social and natural? (Think of the Socratic teaching but for today’s students). Grabbed your interest? [Moderator: link removed]

    Love your work Tim, i’m looking for ways I can contribute to the society (especially young people and life hackers), besides entrepreneurship, let me know if you have anything.🙂

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  74. If I had just known about this job a few weeks earlier…man, I’d love it but have just taken a new job! As another commenter posted, I am also super jealous of the person who gets this job!

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