The most hated man in productivity

…is Tim Ferriss, author of the 4-Hour Workweek. and he’ll be on WorkFastTV this morning at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (in about 30 minutes from the time I’m posting this post — come watch live and talk to us in our live chat room). If you’re a book author you’ll want to visit the after-show party on my Kyte.tv channel because we’ll get Tim to give us tips on how to get to be a New York Times Bestselling author.

If you miss the show, we’ll have the recording up by Monday.

Comments

  1. 6 weddings to edit, with 2 hour plus mpeg2 render times. I guess if I did only ONE a week, this inane gimmickry formula would work, but my definition of productivity involves quality product output, imagine that. I could farm it out, but then I’d kill the profit margins and it would actually take MORE time, as the outsourcer, wouldn’t be able to fast-roll with the constant client changes. Craftsmanship is not a rush-job. Rush jobs are well Union labor. :)

  2. 6 weddings to edit, with 2 hour plus mpeg2 render times. I guess if I did only ONE a week, this inane gimmickry formula would work, but my definition of productivity involves quality product output, imagine that. I could farm it out, but then I’d kill the profit margins and it would actually take MORE time, as the outsourcer, wouldn’t be able to fast-roll with the constant client changes. Craftsmanship is not a rush-job. Rush jobs are well Union labor. :)

  3. Christopher,

    Sadly that’s how I used to think as well… the point of the book is to show you how to restructure your productive time so that you spend less time on the things that don’t make money in turn freeing up time for you to do the things you really want to do.

    In your case you could hire an editor to do the edit work for you freeing up your time to do something else that you really love. Of course if you really love to edit than there is no point.

    Robert,
    What made you decide to get Schell involved in the interview? In my humble opinion he isn’t that great an interviewer. He doesn’t seem to listen all too well and at times seems more interested in telling his own story rather than focusing on the interviewee.

  4. Christopher,

    Sadly that’s how I used to think as well… the point of the book is to show you how to restructure your productive time so that you spend less time on the things that don’t make money in turn freeing up time for you to do the things you really want to do.

    In your case you could hire an editor to do the edit work for you freeing up your time to do something else that you really love. Of course if you really love to edit than there is no point.

    Robert,
    What made you decide to get Schell involved in the interview? In my humble opinion he isn’t that great an interviewer. He doesn’t seem to listen all too well and at times seems more interested in telling his own story rather than focusing on the interviewee.

  5. Adolfo: I’ve been friends with Tim for more than a year now, so the idea wasn’t just yours, sorry. Tom: I’ll pass this feedback along to Shel. I have an editor, but this show is live TV, so no editing required.

  6. Adolfo: I’ve been friends with Tim for more than a year now, so the idea wasn’t just yours, sorry. Tom: I’ll pass this feedback along to Shel. I have an editor, but this show is live TV, so no editing required.

  7. I can’t believe I had the honor of having lunch with this guy at the Web Expo, and didn’t even know he’d be a best selling author. He had mentioned that he’s talked to many CEOs. I asked if there was a commend denominator for their success. He mentioned they were all very focused people and do things one at a time – in other words, no multi-tasking.

    He also shared an idea about outsourcing his love life that maybe Scoble should ask about. ; )

  8. I can’t believe I had the honor of having lunch with this guy at the Web Expo, and didn’t even know he’d be a best selling author. He had mentioned that he’s talked to many CEOs. I asked if there was a commend denominator for their success. He mentioned they were all very focused people and do things one at a time – in other words, no multi-tasking.

    He also shared an idea about outsourcing his love life that maybe Scoble should ask about. ; )

  9. you could hire an editor to do the edit work for you

    Why yes I could. And I could hire another one and another one. I could structure my own little pyramid scheme, soldiers working for the man, and if pyramid doesn’t work, could always go gangsta (force as the motivator), that would free up TONS of my time, I could lie on the beach all day. But the nature of the work, is very experty hands on, and hired help, isn’t going to be able to dance that dance. Quality takes time. Ask Quark if outsourcing cures all ills.

    That book is a con job, no easy answers, no shortcuts, no late night ‘no-money-down-real-estate-infomercial-rags-to-riches’. The point of the book, was to sell copies, suckers a millisecond. Biz fads come and go.

    Bob: Heh. Rush job, doesn’t mean rush as in ‘time’, just as rush in ‘job’. ;)

  10. you could hire an editor to do the edit work for you

    Why yes I could. And I could hire another one and another one. I could structure my own little pyramid scheme, soldiers working for the man, and if pyramid doesn’t work, could always go gangsta (force as the motivator), that would free up TONS of my time, I could lie on the beach all day. But the nature of the work, is very experty hands on, and hired help, isn’t going to be able to dance that dance. Quality takes time. Ask Quark if outsourcing cures all ills.

    That book is a con job, no easy answers, no shortcuts, no late night ‘no-money-down-real-estate-infomercial-rags-to-riches’. The point of the book, was to sell copies, suckers a millisecond. Biz fads come and go.

    Bob: Heh. Rush job, doesn’t mean rush as in ‘time’, just as rush in ‘job’. ;)

  11. neat show, but terrible background! you’d probably want to make it dark rather than wooden to make sure your faces stand out :)

  12. neat show, but terrible background! you’d probably want to make it dark rather than wooden to make sure your faces stand out :)

  13. Why is T Ferriss the most hated man in productivity, his book is the only productivity 2.0 guide I have seen published. Made my kids read it.

  14. Why is T Ferriss the most hated man in productivity, his book is the only productivity 2.0 guide I have seen published. Made my kids read it.