4 Hours to International Success

I am starting to get excited, it is now only a fortnight until I head to AREC 2015 conference. The excitement stems in part from one of the keynote speakers. Tim Ferriss is comming down under for this conference. Yes that Tim Ferriss, Tim Ferriss of the 4 Hour Workweek fame.

While there are a number of speakers that I am looking forward to hearing, Tim Ferriss is reason enough to attend by himself, all the other speakers are just added bonuses. I first came across Tim Ferriss a couple of years ago when I read the 4 Hour Workweek. First published in 2007, the book about escaping the 9-5 rat race was different from any other productivity book I had read.

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

Tim Ferriss is not like your typical author (to be honest your typical anything), as this excerpt from his bio highlights:

  • First American in history to hold a Guinness World Record in tango

  • Speaker of 5 languages (video samples here)

  • National Chinese kickboxing champion

  • Horseback archer (yabusame) in Nikko, Japan

  • 2009 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute

  • Political asylum researcher

  • MTV breakdancer in Taiwan

  • Hurling competitor in Ireland

Recently I have started listening to Tim Ferriss’s podcast, it is probably easier to use Tim’s description of the show:

Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics and tricks you can use.

Prior guests include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed Catmull (President of Pixar), Tony Robbins, Peter Thiel (billionaire investor), Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), Neil Strauss (7x NYT bestselling author), Josh Waitzkin (chess prodigy), and many, many more.

Needless to say listening to some of these episodes has only hightened my excitement at hearing Tim Ferriss speak live. Without a doubt I will write more on this topic, about some of the podcasts episodes and you can be sure that there will be a blog post comming about the Keynote, only two weeks…

Motivational Quote for the Week – 20150511

It does not matter the topic, time management, motivation, clinical physiology or cooking. There will be a book which can provide you some ideas. The best books will provide you with forewarning about the pitfalls to avoid in life and business. The books may not give you the answer you are looking for, but they will without a doubt set you on the path.

What books have you read to improve yourself?

Motivational Quote for the Week – 20150427

Way too often in life we want our plans to be perfect before we put them into motion. Why, it could be fear of failure or rejection or as simple as not wanting to move out of our comfort zone.

The key to achieving our goals is to get started on the path. We are all going to make mistakes, learn from them and keep moving forward. In the end if you don’t start you are never going to achieve anything.

Wayne Gretzky the Canadian ice hockey player summed it up best

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

What are you going to start today?

Motivational Quote for the Week – 20150420

Like most people for a long time I looked at success as a goal to be achieved. As child you are told to “study hard and to work hard to be successful”. When I first heard the above quote it was a profound moment, with the realisation that success was not a goal but was about the journey to achieving your goals.

There is a lot writen on the process of success, one summary which I particularly like and which resonates with me is a blog post by Sean Smith Success Isn’t a Mystery, It’s a Process. Sean summarises the process as:

  1. Define yourself 
  2. Set concrete goals
  3. Know in your heart that you can succeed
  4. Force yourself to act
  5. Help others along the way

This is not the one and only way, it is just the process which resonates with me at this stage of my journey. In the end we each have to find what works for us, what processes help us to achieve our goals. And in the process success just happens.


…Build a Door

If Opportunity Doesn’t Knock Build a DoorMilton Berle

I like the simplicity of the above quote from Milton – Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you, go and create them for yourself. I find it very motivating and inspirational.

Other quotes by Milton Berle include:

I live to laugh, and I laugh to live.

You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.

My doctor recently told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already.

Your marriage is in trouble if your wife says, ‘You’re only interested in one thing,’ and you can’t remember what it is.

Milton Berle

Milton Berle (July 12, 1908 – March 27, 2002) was an American comedian and actor. As the host of NBC’s Texaco Star Theater (1948–55), he was the first major American television star and was known to millions of viewers as “Uncle Miltie” and “Mr. Television” during TV’s golden age.