Why Tim Ferriss Knows His Shit (Tim Ferriss Productivity Tips / Tim Ferriss Rules of Success)

Siim Land

This article talks about why Tim Ferriss knows his shit and gives you the Tim Ferriss productivity tips for success.

Meet Tim Ferriss

You might have heard of Tim Ferriss. He is:

  • A Human Guinea Pig doing unconventional yet highly effective experiments and biohacks on himself.
  • Bestselling author of books such as The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef and his latest tome of knowledge (knowledge!) Tools of Titans
  • A podcaster interviewing billionaires, elite level athletes and world-class performers across all domains
  • An Angel Investor (cue heaven’s choir sound effect) who has invested into a few startups you might have heard of, like Twitter, Facebook, Evernote and UBER

So, as you can see, he’s a man of great accomplishment and expertise.


There’s still quite a surprising amount of people who think he’s a hoax, a scam artist, just plain stupid or not as legit as he seems to be.

The 4 Hour Workweek Stardom


Let’s rewind…

It’s 2004, Tim has finished college and is running his first supplement company. THEN, out of nowhere, he publishes a book called The 4-Hour Workweek, which becomes the New York Times Bestseller and is the biggest thing he’s known for.

This book has inspired, quite literally, our entire generation of entrepreneurs and businesspeople to start their own thing and establish financial freedom. Whenever I hear an interview with someone, they say that this was the book that got them started.

And I remember reading it myself at 20. At that time, I didn’t have a blog or this channel so a lot of it was irrelevant to me. But I read it again a year later when I had created my own brand and was making decent money and it was a different experience.

Master of Lifestyle Design

Although the jumping board to his stardom, The 4-H WW has also caused a lot of controversies.

The main idea of the book is that you can easily build 6-figure businesses online and maintain them by working very little – 4 hours a week, to be exact.

While the biz is automated and earning you hard cash (that mula!), you are sitting on a beach somewhere in South-America, sipping margaritas and living the laptop lifestyle.

Sounds simple, but there’s a huge caveat…

You have to actually work super hard for it. It takes a lot of time to establish these systems and automate everything but most people can’t understand it. They want to get the results right now and work less than 4 hours a week. Fvck, they don’t even want 30-minutes a week – that No-Work Workweek a new bestseller.

Here’s the 4 step process to achieving lifestyle freedom:

  1. Definition – Identify what your ideal lifestyle looks like.
  2. Elimination – Get all of the minutiae out on paper
  3. Automation – Delegation, outsourcing.
  4. Liberation – Mobility, use of free time

More Results, Less Effort

Tim is most known for high effectiveness – getting as many results for the least amount of effort involved. The 4-Hour book series are a testament to this but it’s also re-enforced even further by Google, as the second ranking for the keyword ‘Tim Ferriss wiki’ is the Pareto Principle or the 80/20 rule.

Here’s Tim Ferriss productivity in 4 steps.

  1. Elimination – Think which 20% of all possible activities give you the 80% results. Cut out all the excess.
  2. Focus on the Critical Few – Do that 20 % of the activities that made the cut.
    1. Not-To-Do-List – Not doing something is a lot important than doing something. Create a list of activities that are distractive and a no-no.
  3. Low Information Diet – Selective Ignorance is essential for not getting overwhelmed in a world of too much information and social media.
  4. Outsourcing – If someone else can do something better than you, then you’re better off delegating it, rather than wasting precious time of trying to do it yourself.

Chinese Kickboxing into The 4 Hour Body

But Tim’s Guinea-Pig-Style-Hacking was akin to him before entrepreneurship.

In 1999, he won a Chinese kickboxing championship in the 165 lb weight class by beating opponents who had 10-15 years of experience on him.

Before the competition, Ferriss went through the rules and discovered some loopholes. Using a dehydration and rehydration technique, he was able to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time.

In The 4-Hour Body, he talks about many biological experiments he has done, such as the ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting, high intensity training and polyphasic sleep, all in the pursuit of improving physical performance with less effort.

Here are The 4 First Principles of Fitness:

  1. The Minimum Effective Dose – Work up to a point where you’ve gained the optimal amount of results.
  2. The Extremes Inform the Mean but Not Vice Versa – The top 1% often succeed despitehow they train, not because of it.
  3. Tracking + Loss Aversion More Important Than How-To – Getting stuck in how certain things are done causes overthinking and paralysis. Focusing on the simple few things, such as tracking your food or not wanting to look bad in front of others is more motivating.
  4. Keep Improvements Relative – Your progress depends on what you’re trying to accomplish and how much effort you’re putting into it.

Rules of Behavioral Change

  1. Make It Conscious (Food Journal)
  2. Make It a Game (Have Fun)
  3. Make It Small and Temporary (Start Off Small)
  4. Make It Competitive (Have Incentives)

Tim Ferriss Learning Technique

In his 3rd book The 4-Hour Chef, Tim sought to create a blueprint for learning any skill or language. Tim also holds a Guinness World Record in the tango spin and learned Philipino language in just a few days. Not to fluent levels but enough to speak in an interview.

Tim also holds a Guinness World Record in the tango spin and learned Philipino language in just a few days. Not to fluent levels but enough to speak in an interview.

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  1. Deconstruction – break it into smaller parts.
    1. Identify – What could fail and go wrong – the most difficult components that could cause frustration or an immediate plateau? Avoid them during the first 5 sessions.
  2. Selection – Minimalism in what you focus on learning.
  3. Sequencing – What if I did things in another order? Question the status quo.
  4. Stick – Stick to it.

Become Body Mind Empowered

I believe that Tim Ferriss has shown a sufficient level of proficiency in many vocations. He’s not a master of any particular thing but an expert in being an expert and a rapid learner.

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  • Awesome stuff, Siim! Mr. Tim Ferriss definitely knows his shit, haha.