My Love/Hate Relationship with Tim Ferriss

I’ve tolerated a year of Sam and our friend, Paul Horne, blaring about the genius of Tim Ferriss and his Four-Hour Workweek, and it has bordered on insufferable. I’ve dubbed them ‘Ferriss-ites’ (rhymes with parasites) and through the storm of my nay-saying about their mascot, they have remained stalwart and faithful.

There must be something to this guy (plus, he’s blond, hot, and I suspect latently gay) so I’ve conceded to suspend my disbelief as best as I can and read the book.

I’m two chapters in just past the part where he wins the Japanese cage fighting competition with wiener moves of using dehydration to monkey with his weight and ‘exploiting a little known loophole’ and pushing the competitors off the platform enough times to win the championship. Okay, he won, technically, and probably prompted a re-write of the rulebook, but a wiener with a title is still a wiener.

Tim Ferriss’ rule-bending life almost conjures that of his quasi-namesake, Ferris Bueller, except Bueller maintained a sense of cool that I have yet to see from Tim. Convincing, innovative bravado is vastly sexier than loophole-exploitation every time. It’s also no secret that Tim’s favorite films are those of the Bourne series (another hot blond), and I feel certain that Tim emulates Bourne as much as I strive to achieve a higher state of Bond-ness.

It was at this point that I realized that I knew Tim Ferriss well. He is that ass-kissing finagler who eschewed grade school class structure by volunteering in the library, wrangling his way out of gym, testing-out to skip a year of Spanish, and running home from bus stop bullies every day. He is that kid, and so was I. The difference being that I grew weary of the sprint home and stopped being that kid. He didn’t. He wrote a bestseller about it and is trotting the globe, while I’m reading his book and blogging about him in the interstitial spaces of my 9-6 corporate existence.

Two chapters in, the biggest thing Tim Ferriss has shown me is the Bronson who might have been had I consistently continued being a maverick; the Bronson who still might be salvageable.

9 Responses to “My Love/Hate Relationship with Tim Ferriss”

  1. Monday, August 4, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Great and honest insights, Bronson.

  2. Monday, August 4, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    If nothing else he is kinda cute.

  3. Monday, August 4, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Whoever that guy is, he is cute. 🙂

  4. 4 Neil
    Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 6:33 am

    I met Tim Ferriss at a party a few short months ago. Good guy. Wickedly busy. Latently gay? I didn’t have my ‘radar’ on, as underdeveloped as it is, so I didn’t get that vibe. Barely drank any alcohol, as he’s very focused on maintaining himself in good shape. I came away decently impressed.

  5. Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 11:08 am

    He’s cuter the more hair he has.

  6. 6 eric
    Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    I like his book a lot, but he comes across as a bit of a tool, imho. I’ve heard from others who have met him the same kind of things Neil said, above– he’s super-focused [and not a ‘mo]. His writing just rubs me the wrong way; there’s something weird about super-confidence that makes him feel not human, and I don’t mean super-human 🙂 I mean, like, a little “humanity” would go a long way. Ya know?

    That said, again, can’t agree more with his 4 Hr Work Week philosophy, and good for him for writing a bestseller. The only thing the book lacked is nude photos. (lol)

  7. 7 joe c
    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Funny! Although I’m envious of what a self-made man he is, I can see your points as well. He’s just full of enough of himself to turn me off from giving the book a read. (And I couldn’t believe he was straight after some of those pics of him doing his athletic competition stuff. he also seems like he wouldn’t give a rat’s ass if anyone thought he was gay anyway.)

  8. Friday, August 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I never heard of this guy. He can’t be too important.
    His symptoms sound like manic phase to me. But then I been there.
    I like you better.

    Come read my 8 Things Men Crave in Bed; Glamour, Lurain begs to differ
    It will cheer you right up.

    Don’t forget to let me know you come.


  9. Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    LuRain Penny Knocks!So tuned in…know that LuRain will live forever.

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