Tim Ferriss's new book about learning

NewImageMark and I are both big fans of Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body. Many things that Tim says about fitness, diet, work, and life-hacking have really resonated with me over the years. But beyond the subjects Tim writes about, it's his approach to learning that truly inspires me whenever we see each other or I read his stuff. Like many people I know (including me), Tim is a novelty addict. He's curious about most everything and when he wants to know something, or know how to do something -- like cook, salsa dance, kick-box, speak Japanese, or hold your breath for crazy lengths of time -- he seeks out the experts and immerses himself utterly and completely in the subject matter. That's why I'm excited to read Tim's new book The 4-Hour Chef, due out in a few weeks. I'm sure it has lots of great information about how to cook, but according to Tim it's really a book about how to learn anything. That's perfect because there's a lot I've got to learn. Listen for Tim on a coming episode of our Gweek podcast. Congrats, Tim!

"The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life" (Amazon)


8 Responses to “Tim Ferriss's new book about learning”

  1. Jorpho says:

    Posts about Mr. Ferris here seem to draw an interesting variety of angry comments from those who find him rather less than inspiring.  See for instance http://boingboing.net/2011/05/17/interview-tim-ferris.html and such amusing links as http://beyondgrowth.net/lifestyle-design/the-4-hour-body-scam-review-works-60-percent-of-the-time-it-works-every-time-tim-timothy-ferriss/ . Most unsavory.

    • David Pescovitz says:

      Sure, nothing wrong with disagreement (so long as it’s polite and respectful). I like Tim personally and I dig his work. And fortunately, the only thing I need to consider when determining if I should post something to BB or not is if it’s interesting to me.

    • Sigmund_Jung says:

      I cannot vouch for the guy and I do think he brags too much, but I did lose +20 pounds after reading one chapter of the 4H body — and everyone I referred the book to did lose weight. So it might worth checking.

  2. TheOven says:

    I understand his book is being given the cold shoulder by those who have an issue with the way the Google publishes. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/technology/booksellers-resisting-amazons-disruption-660737/

  3. I think it odd when Tim mentions a person’s spirit..when he is agnostic. For a guy who is so fascinated with learning and obviously is an intelligent fella, he still can’t ‘get it’ when it comes to God.

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