At the recommendation of a friend, I picked up the copy of “4-hour workweek” that had been languishing on my bookshelf. While its an interesting read, I think I disagree with one of its central messages. Tim Ferriss mentions this again and again – what he does for fun and profit are two different things. I try to live my life so that there is lot of overlap between what I do for fun and profit. I did science because I enjoyed it, I did user experience design because product design is fun. And I run SlideShare, because there is nowhere else I would rather be at this moment.
That being said, I am more convinced by Ferriss’s second message – don’t micromanage, and free yourself of the details. You can have a lot more time in the day if you do that. As SlideShare grows, this is something I need to do better. Its simply impossible for me to be involved in every detail and I need to hand over more responsibilities.
Also, Ferriss’s way of dealing with too much to do, is very different than Robert Allen. Allen’s goes into a lot of detail about how to manage information overload better. he wants you to deal with the details in an efficient manner so that you can move on to better uses of your time. In contrast Tim Ferris suggests:not to bother about the details. Leave it to others.
I think I find Tim Ferris more relevant when it comes to how to manage the details. I have tried Robert Allen’s approach a few times, and it has helped me, but not had that much of an impact. I think Ferriss’s approach might suit me better.
Anyway, I am just through the first half of the book. So maybe I will change my mind as I read further. My question to you, readers of this blog is: Do you find Tim Ferris relevant? If so, how?