Sigh. Sometimes, you feel helpless. Alone. Your days are so routine, and yet you constantly feel like your world is spinning out of control. You find yourself going through the motions in both life and at work, and you find your ever elusive dreams slipping further away each day.
In times like these, take a moment and ask yourself – WWTFD?
I want to tell you about my guru
His name is Tim Ferriss. For those of you who know me, a day doesn’t go by when I don’t quote Tim or something from his seminal book The 4 Hour Work Week. I plan to do a chapter-by-chapter review of his book in the coming weeks (yes – it deserves it!), but before that I want to talk about how his book has changed me for the better.
From a young age, I was addicted to productivity porn. It’s a real thing, don’t laugh (okay, you can laugh a little). I knew I wanted to accomplish so many things in my life, and I was constantly searching for new ways, some magic bullet, that would allow me to get more done in less time. Yet no matter how hard I tried, I felt stuck in a rut. I was getting more stuff done. I was busy all the time. And yet I didn’t feel like I was getting any closer to achieving something meaningful to me.
Through fortunate serendipity, I happened upon The 4 Hour Work Week. Tim’s book was the first time I really stopped and took the time to question why I did things the way I did. His book taught me the most important principle I have ever learned about being productive, and instantly broke my addiction to productivity books.
In my next blog post, I will discuss what this principle is and then – just kidding. I wouldn’t do that to you! Here it is – productivity is not about getting more things done, but about getting more important things done. This distinction is everything – we have a limited life and time on this earth, and we need to understand the difference between being efficient vs. being effective. Being efficient means getting a lot of things done in the quickest amount of time. Being effective means getting things done that matter to you. So the moral of the story – to be productive, don’t try to do more, try to do less (unimportant things)! Mind. Blown.
So that is why I consider Tim Ferriss one of my teachers, and why I constantly quote his book. He’s not for everybody – but there is a reason The 4 Hour Work Week has over 1,200 5-star reviews on Amazon. I hope you enjoy my upcoming extended review of his book, and that it shakes you out of conventional thinking and introduces you to new perspectives. Perhaps you too will find yourself asking – what would Tim Ferriss do?Go to “The 4 Hour Work Week” on Amazon
P.S. I do have an autographed copy of the book, but it was a gift from a good friend of mine. I personally haven’t met Tim, but I did sniff the autographed book when I got it.