Working on a Saturday?

Then you might want to watch my interview with Tim Ferriss. He’s the New York Times best selling author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” and we talk about the book and a little more about the kinds of things he’s discovered about living life productively.

OK, now you have a choice. Do you want to watch just the highlights, which will take you eight minutes? Or the full 50-minute dose of Tim? (He’s say watch the eight minute one and then get back to your weekend).

Or, if you are already on Tim’s plan, maybe you want to meet Samantha Murphy at the CES BlogHaus, our favorite indie singer — we met her at the PodCast Hotel last year in Seattle. In the interview we did with her she talks about the struggles of being an independent artist and what she’s hoping the music industry will do in the future.

I can’t wait until next year’s CES BlogHaus. We’re working on having fun people like Samantha there again.

Back to the interview with Tim, don’t miss the first few minutes where he explains how he became a New York Times best seller by mostly just talking with bloggers.

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103 thoughts on “Working on a Saturday?

  1. I read Ferriss’ book recently. He has no concept of ethics and seems to cheat his way through life. Most of his claims are questionable. The fact that his book is selling so well in the US says a lot about the majority of Americans – naive, gullible sheep ready for the slaughter. It’s not terrorists we should be worried about, it’s “wolves in sheep’s clothing” like Ferriss who seemingly have a free license to spread false values and unethical behavior.

    Sheep with Eyes Open

  2. I read Ferriss’ book recently. He has no concept of ethics and seems to cheat his way through life. Most of his claims are questionable. The fact that his book is selling so well in the US says a lot about the majority of Americans – naive, gullible sheep ready for the slaughter. It’s not terrorists we should be worried about, it’s “wolves in sheep’s clothing” like Ferriss who seemingly have a free license to spread false values and unethical behavior.

    Sheep with Eyes Open

  3. “It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.”
    - William Kingdon Clifford, 19th Century British mathematician and philosopher

  4. “It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.”
    - William Kingdon Clifford, 19th Century British mathematician and philosopher

  5. I’m not sure what I find more disturbing: the fact that Ferriss refuses to properly respond to these allegations or the fact that so many people believe in him without feeling the need to question his claims.

    How can Ferriss be a “National Chinese Kickboxing Champion”? You would have to be a Chinese citizen to claim that. And using a hoax email poem to score emotional points is just distasteful to say the least.

    Too many holes in Ferriss’ story. I have to call bullshit on this one.

    Tom

  6. I’m not sure what I find more disturbing: the fact that Ferriss refuses to properly respond to these allegations or the fact that so many people believe in him without feeling the need to question his claims.

    How can Ferriss be a “National Chinese Kickboxing Champion”? You would have to be a Chinese citizen to claim that. And using a hoax email poem to score emotional points is just distasteful to say the least.

    Too many holes in Ferriss’ story. I have to call bullshit on this one.

    Tom

  7. Just paused at minute 18 of your Tim Ferriss interview to tell you how much I’m enjoying it. My first book will be coming out in April 2008 so I was particularly interested in the discussion at the beginning about how he made the New York Times bestseller list before offline publicity kicked in. I had heard him say in other teleseminar interviews that he credits bloggers with this success. My book includes a chapter on publicity which I’m tempted to chuck and replace with a 5 word chapter “Go hang out with bloggers!”.
    Read some of the controversy on your blog about Tim’s past. My take on this? Tim obviously has tons to teach us regardless of whether he’s the world tango champ or not.
    Rock on!
    Tsufit
    http://www.secretsfromthespotlight.com

  8. Just paused at minute 18 of your Tim Ferriss interview to tell you how much I’m enjoying it. My first book will be coming out in April 2008 so I was particularly interested in the discussion at the beginning about how he made the New York Times bestseller list before offline publicity kicked in. I had heard him say in other teleseminar interviews that he credits bloggers with this success. My book includes a chapter on publicity which I’m tempted to chuck and replace with a 5 word chapter “Go hang out with bloggers!”.
    Read some of the controversy on your blog about Tim’s past. My take on this? Tim obviously has tons to teach us regardless of whether he’s the world tango champ or not.
    Rock on!
    Tsufit
    http://www.secretsfromthespotlight.com

  9. Since Mr. Scoble is one of the biggest fans of Tim Ferriss and Ferriss himself also pass by this lounge, I’ll post my question here. If Ferriss is so convinced that his methods are so applicable that everyone can cut down 20-30 hours working week and still have awesome income, then why does Ferriss block any comments on his blog that question any of the logical premises in his arguments. I posted an extremely civil comment on his blog, accepting all of his credentials to be true. My problem with the book is that Ferriss pretends to use economics to help him be what he is. However, anyone who has taken an elementary economics course would realize that all of the business suggestions Ferriss give are not applicable because they violate basic economic rules. I expanded on the topic much more in my comment but I will do so here only if I am sure that my comment won’t be censored. It seems like Ferriss is not interested at all in an intellectual discussion on how people can improve their lives but only in an army of zealous shallow supporters who will fall flat on their face when they realize how unatenable Ferriss’ suggestions are.
    Keep dream on people instead of realizing that you already live much better than what you deserve and produce. Someday your personal assisstant from India will take your place in the company and you’ll be dancing tango in argentina on social security.

  10. Since Mr. Scoble is one of the biggest fans of Tim Ferriss and Ferriss himself also pass by this lounge, I’ll post my question here. If Ferriss is so convinced that his methods are so applicable that everyone can cut down 20-30 hours working week and still have awesome income, then why does Ferriss block any comments on his blog that question any of the logical premises in his arguments. I posted an extremely civil comment on his blog, accepting all of his credentials to be true. My problem with the book is that Ferriss pretends to use economics to help him be what he is. However, anyone who has taken an elementary economics course would realize that all of the business suggestions Ferriss give are not applicable because they violate basic economic rules. I expanded on the topic much more in my comment but I will do so here only if I am sure that my comment won’t be censored. It seems like Ferriss is not interested at all in an intellectual discussion on how people can improve their lives but only in an army of zealous shallow supporters who will fall flat on their face when they realize how unatenable Ferriss’ suggestions are.
    Keep dream on people instead of realizing that you already live much better than what you deserve and produce. Someday your personal assisstant from India will take your place in the company and you’ll be dancing tango in argentina on social security.

  11. Ferriss has claimed to be an All-American wrestler at Princeton and a world champ in MMA. I do not believe either of these claims is true. Online databases of professional fights do not list him at all.

    The places he lists as having trained are for real, but that does not make him a world champion.

    He should come clean about that claim or lose all credibility.

    Mr. Scoble, I don’t understand why you don’t email him directly and ask him if he is a world champion in MMA or has ever had a professional fight. Training at a school or dojo is very far from being a professional athlete.

  12. Ferriss has claimed to be an All-American wrestler at Princeton and a world champ in MMA. I do not believe either of these claims is true. Online databases of professional fights do not list him at all.

    The places he lists as having trained are for real, but that does not make him a world champion.

    He should come clean about that claim or lose all credibility.

    Mr. Scoble, I don’t understand why you don’t email him directly and ask him if he is a world champion in MMA or has ever had a professional fight. Training at a school or dojo is very far from being a professional athlete.

  13. This is my last post on Ferriss. Look at the facts, search the Internet and decide for yourself.

    You are more powerful and influential than you realise. Exercise your democratic right to ask for the truth.

    Beware of mob mentality, groupthink and peer pressure. You are an individual. Look at the facts before making a decision, even if it may not be a popular decision.

    Information is power. The right info put into action can make you powerful and wealthy. Following the wrong info can harm you beyond repair.

    Question everything, assume nothing and have courage to voice out what you know to be true. Your next decision may just help avert a war or global catastrophe.

  14. This is my last post on Ferriss. Look at the facts, search the Internet and decide for yourself.

    You are more powerful and influential than you realise. Exercise your democratic right to ask for the truth.

    Beware of mob mentality, groupthink and peer pressure. You are an individual. Look at the facts before making a decision, even if it may not be a popular decision.

    Information is power. The right info put into action can make you powerful and wealthy. Following the wrong info can harm you beyond repair.

    Question everything, assume nothing and have courage to voice out what you know to be true. Your next decision may just help avert a war or global catastrophe.

  15. @29
    Frank: I agree. Owl is lame, Tim has refuted this guy’s claims over on his blog.

    Comment by Robert Scoble — June 14, 2007 @ 8:57 pm
    ===

    Robert, you owe me an apology. Still nothing on Ferriss’ blog. The truth will come out soon. owl

  16. @29
    Frank: I agree. Owl is lame, Tim has refuted this guy’s claims over on his blog.

    Comment by Robert Scoble — June 14, 2007 @ 8:57 pm
    ===

    Robert, you owe me an apology. Still nothing on Ferriss’ blog. The truth will come out soon. owl

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  19. “I am a patient man — always willing to forgive on the Christian terms of repentance; and also to give ample time for repentance. Still I must save this government if possible.”
    ~ Abraham Lincoln

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
    ~ George Santayana

  20. “I am a patient man — always willing to forgive on the Christian terms of repentance; and also to give ample time for repentance. Still I must save this government if possible.”
    ~ Abraham Lincoln

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
    ~ George Santayana

  21. Dan, an author’s ideas need to have integrity, otherwise they ring hollow. Would you have bought James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces if you had known beforehand he had made up large parts of it?

    owl

  22. Dan, an author’s ideas need to have integrity, otherwise they ring hollow. Would you have bought James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces if you had known beforehand he had made up large parts of it?

    owl

  23. Hey Owl, don’t confuse the ideas with the author:

    “Intellectual achievements are the result of thought consecrated to the search for knowledge, or for the beautiful and true in life and nature. Such achievements may be sometimes connected with vanity and ambition, but they are not the outcome of those characteristics; they are the natural outgrowth of long and arduous effort, and of pure and unselfish thoughts.” J. Allen

  24. Hey Owl, don’t confuse the ideas with the author:

    “Intellectual achievements are the result of thought consecrated to the search for knowledge, or for the beautiful and true in life and nature. Such achievements may be sometimes connected with vanity and ambition, but they are not the outcome of those characteristics; they are the natural outgrowth of long and arduous effort, and of pure and unselfish thoughts.” J. Allen

  25. Tim, in your book you say that you got the poem from a terminally ill girl. Now you say it’s from a doctor friend. So, which is it?

    The fact you have only just realised this is from a hoax email raises further questions about your sources and the editorial policies of your publisher. Don’t they check stuff before printing?

    You also claim to have been a “Cage fighter in Japan, vanquisher of four world champions (MMA)”. Can you please name these four world champions so that we can run a check on the relevant databases?

    You also claim to be an “Advisor to more than 30 world record holders in professional and Olympic sports.” Can you please name five of these athletes so that we can verify your claims with them?

    Tim, I want to believe that someone like you exists for real. You seem like an interesting guy out to make a difference. Because you blocked all my comments on your blog regarding these issues instead of answering them, I’ve had to find other ways to verify the claims you make on your blog and in your book.

    You can put everyone’s mind at ease by properly substantiating the claims on your blog with independent proof/testimonials of your achievements. Photos and videos are not conclusive forms of proof, as shown by the Aleksey Vayner case.

    Everyone exaggerates, we understand that. But there is a fine line between exaggerating and lying, especially when it involves products being sold to people.

    owl

  26. Tim, in your book you say that you got the poem from a terminally ill girl. Now you say it’s from a doctor friend. So, which is it?

    The fact you have only just realised this is from a hoax email raises further questions about your sources and the editorial policies of your publisher. Don’t they check stuff before printing?

    You also claim to have been a “Cage fighter in Japan, vanquisher of four world champions (MMA)”. Can you please name these four world champions so that we can run a check on the relevant databases?

    You also claim to be an “Advisor to more than 30 world record holders in professional and Olympic sports.” Can you please name five of these athletes so that we can verify your claims with them?

    Tim, I want to believe that someone like you exists for real. You seem like an interesting guy out to make a difference. Because you blocked all my comments on your blog regarding these issues instead of answering them, I’ve had to find other ways to verify the claims you make on your blog and in your book.

    You can put everyone’s mind at ease by properly substantiating the claims on your blog with independent proof/testimonials of your achievements. Photos and videos are not conclusive forms of proof, as shown by the Aleksey Vayner case.

    Everyone exaggerates, we understand that. But there is a fine line between exaggerating and lying, especially when it involves products being sold to people.

    owl

  27. Owl: please go away. I hate people like you throwing the credibility attacks all over the place. YOU have no credibility. Certainly none to be putting me in my place.

  28. Owl: please go away. I hate people like you throwing the credibility attacks all over the place. YOU have no credibility. Certainly none to be putting me in my place.

  29. Owl,

    I appreciate the skepticism, as I realize that my bio seems unbelievable. I’m a skeptic myself and would probably respond the same way.

    I’ll address both of your points here, as I’ve only now come to realize how many places you’ve posted the same criticisms/comments. I would have replied sooner but have been on the road.

    I made the attribution of the poem on p. 284 based on the legitimacy of the source of the e-mail — a close friend and doctor. I only just became aware of its use in chain e-mail thanks to a heads up from one of my readers (thank you, Scott), and this will be immediately corrected in the next printing. No fraud involved. I have nothing to gain from making inaccurate attributions other than headache.

    For the fighting, please the multimedia section of my site. There is video footage — and has been since the site launched — of me winning the national sanshou (Chinese kickboxing) nationals at 165 lbs. in 1999 in Maryland. I also have a feature article with a photo of me fighting in the May 2007 issue of Fortune Small Business (FSB). I have a black belt in judo from the Kodokan in Tokyo, Japan, where I competed from 1992-1993. I have also trained at Brazilian Top Team (Rio) (photos on Flickr), Norwegian Top Team with Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen (Oslo), Takada Dojo (Tokyo), Kiguchi Dojo (Tokyo, where Takanori Gomi trains), Enson Inoue’s Purebred (Omiya, Japan), Yuki Nakai’s Paraestra (Tokyo), and Fairtex Muay Thai in Bangplee, Thailand (one of my Muay Thai knockouts — knee to the liver — is also on the fight video on my site), among others. I now train with some of best in the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at http://www.akakickbox.com. Drop in anytime to see me in action.

    I hope this clears things up. Robert, I sincerely apologize for the confusion caused by my delay in responding.

    Have a great weekend to all,

    Tim Ferriss
    P.S. Owl, I’d sincerely appreciate it if you could hold a ceasefire on the assault. I am not a fraud. I’m just a first-time author doing his best to spread ideas that might benefit a few people.

  30. Owl,

    I appreciate the skepticism, as I realize that my bio seems unbelievable. I’m a skeptic myself and would probably respond the same way.

    I’ll address both of your points here, as I’ve only now come to realize how many places you’ve posted the same criticisms/comments. I would have replied sooner but have been on the road.

    I made the attribution of the poem on p. 284 based on the legitimacy of the source of the e-mail — a close friend and doctor. I only just became aware of its use in chain e-mail thanks to a heads up from one of my readers (thank you, Scott), and this will be immediately corrected in the next printing. No fraud involved. I have nothing to gain from making inaccurate attributions other than headache.

    For the fighting, please the multimedia section of my site. There is video footage — and has been since the site launched — of me winning the national sanshou (Chinese kickboxing) nationals at 165 lbs. in 1999 in Maryland. I also have a feature article with a photo of me fighting in the May 2007 issue of Fortune Small Business (FSB). I have a black belt in judo from the Kodokan in Tokyo, Japan, where I competed from 1992-1993. I have also trained at Brazilian Top Team (Rio) (photos on Flickr), Norwegian Top Team with Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen (Oslo), Takada Dojo (Tokyo), Kiguchi Dojo (Tokyo, where Takanori Gomi trains), Enson Inoue’s Purebred (Omiya, Japan), Yuki Nakai’s Paraestra (Tokyo), and Fairtex Muay Thai in Bangplee, Thailand (one of my Muay Thai knockouts — knee to the liver — is also on the fight video on my site), among others. I now train with some of best in the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at http://www.akakickbox.com. Drop in anytime to see me in action.

    I hope this clears things up. Robert, I sincerely apologize for the confusion caused by my delay in responding.

    Have a great weekend to all,

    Tim Ferriss
    P.S. Owl, I’d sincerely appreciate it if you could hold a ceasefire on the assault. I am not a fraud. I’m just a first-time author doing his best to spread ideas that might benefit a few people.

  31. Robert, where on his blog? Can you please provide a link. I’m not seeing any kind of response from Tim on his blog or website.

    Frankly Robert, I’m disappointed. Whatever happened to the due dilligence you were known for in your Microsoft days? Instead of checking out the facts, you seem more interested in showbusiness these days with podtech than getting to the truth of things.

    owl

  32. Robert, where on his blog? Can you please provide a link. I’m not seeing any kind of response from Tim on his blog or website.

    Frankly Robert, I’m disappointed. Whatever happened to the due dilligence you were known for in your Microsoft days? Instead of checking out the facts, you seem more interested in showbusiness these days with podtech than getting to the truth of things.

    owl

  33. This owl dude appears to spend all his time posting negative comments about Ferriss across the Net. Get a life, dude or dudette,

  34. This owl dude appears to spend all his time posting negative comments about Ferriss across the Net. Get a life, dude or dudette,

  35. Why does pg 284 of Tim Ferriss’ book make use of a hoax email chain letter? Fraud or oversight?
    http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/medical/slowdance.asp

    Also, he says he’s a champion fighter. Independent searches have found no records of him registering as a fighter or fights that he has won.
    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=54641

    People are so hungry for heroes these days they will believe anything. If this guy is a fraud, i hope you guys catch and expose him for what he is.

    owl

  36. Why does pg 284 of Tim Ferriss’ book make use of a hoax email chain letter? Fraud or oversight?
    http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/medical/slowdance.asp

    Also, he says he’s a champion fighter. Independent searches have found no records of him registering as a fighter or fights that he has won.
    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=54641

    People are so hungry for heroes these days they will believe anything. If this guy is a fraud, i hope you guys catch and expose him for what he is.

    owl

  37. Tim Ferriss wouldn’t spend 50 minutes WATCHING Scobleshow – but I bet he might do like I did and treat it as radio. I heard it in 5 chunks over the course of a day, and enjoyed it very much.

    I’ve got a problem though, Robert. The audio-only feed for Scobleshow appears to be empty. That’s how I’d like to get your content, not choking up my iPod with video I don’t have time to watch.

    I’ll still click-through if I hear a demo I want to see, or for someone like Samantha Murphy! I first heard about Samantha when you blogged her at Podcast Hotel Seattle over a year ago, and I’ve been a fan of her music and her podcasting ever since. Thanks!

    Ditto the comments about the sound. Each speaker should have his/her own.

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