Tim Ferriss Experiment

Tim Ferriss' new digital series "Mythbusters meets Jackass"

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Chris Sacca — Chairman, Lowercase Capital
Tim has deeply impacted me as a friend and a collaborator. Whether teaching me how to melt 23 pounds off my weight (who is counting?), encouraging me to not be my inbox's bitch, working together on our hottest investments like Uber and Twitter, or letting me in on the secret that the best scrambled eggs in the world have two yolks per white, I always learn from Tim.

This television project highlights his insatiable curiosity and his skill for reducing even the most complex endeavors down to the most approachable steps. It's great content. But I think even more important for PH users is the entrepreneurial journey Tim took to get this show made and then to wrest it from the hands of the corporate interests who held it hostage.

Tim is a founder through and through. Just when life gets comfortable, he risks it all over again. Hell yeah.
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@sacca Thank you so much for the incredibly kind words. You've taught me so much over the years. Swimming and investing are just the tip of the iceberg. Watching you grow as a dad and family man -- while continuing to slay it -- has been a huge inspiration and made me think about kids again. This is a big deal for me. Thanks for doing what you do.
Andrew Mager ♫ — Moving people with code at Postmates.
@sacca @tferriss Don't forget tarragon with the eggs.

I second everything @sacca said. Tim, you've influenced me a ton! Excited for your latest project.
Kevin Wimer — CEO of LootMarket.com
@sacca Agreed. I'd love to hear more about how you figured out licensing / ownership of the content to finally get it released.
Kevin Wimer — CEO of LootMarket.com
@tferriss Same for me and I don't know him on a personal level. He has inspired more than he realizes I'm sure. Exact same for you also Tim Tim (using @kevinrose pet names for you makes me feel more a part of your circle).
Kevin Wimer — CEO of LootMarket.com
@kevinace Spoke to soon. Tim speaks to this on The @jaltucher Show - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podc...
Nick Zieber — Consultant - Xpand, Hong Kong
@tferriss after hearing the story on the Maker Stories podcast I was really inspired to know this project will actually see the light of day. It makes me wonder how many incredible ideas have been shelved by corporations who just don't care enough because they don't see it as financially viable. Kudos to everyone involved in this cool adventure!
Tucker Max — CEO, Book In A Box
Two part question:

1. Who's the coolest #1 best selling author you know? (If it's not me, please ignore this question)

2. Seriously though, I think a lot of people will be interested in this: if I was in my 20s and looking for a really promising area to focus on, what should I pick? Not to invest, but to work in? In other words, if you were to start again today, what fields would you focus in and why? (I get this question all the time, I think it's a really good one)
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@tuckermax
#1) 100% Tucker Max, obviously. He's also 10x the man I'll ever be :)
#2) I've thought about this. I would say any 15-25-person startup that is growing super quickly, where you'd be able to observe (or ideally report to) the principal dealmakers (CEO, COO, VP biz dev, VP sales, etc.). The "hot" sectors change so quickly in tech, and you can definitely choose a great industry but a bad company with bad leadership. I prefer to focus on size and growth rate. That will max out your learning and skill acquisition, even if it's a waste disposal company.
Ryan Hoover — Product Hunt
I remember hearing about this upcoming show on an episode of This Week in Startups with @Jason. Here's the teaser video:



@tferriss - what do you wish you could have done on the show that you legally (or for other reasons) could not do?
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@Jason @rrhoover Hey Ryan and Jason -- I wish I could have done a wing suit episode, but we ultimately decided the high risk of death wasn't worth it :) I also wanted to do a few things internationally (e.g. polo in Argentina), but we had to constrain for budget and deadline reasons.
Jared Schnelle — Founder, Forge
@Jason @rrhoover @tferriss I'm curious who you spoke with regarding wing suits. Are you specifically talking about the crazies that jump off cliffs and mountain flying? If you are interested in learning to fly a wing suit out of a normal plane, I could get you in contact with the right people. My girlfriend was a Golden Knight for 4 years and I see many of the active team regularly as they train a few miles away from me. They're the best skydivers in the world and I can guarantee they'd teach you whatever you wanted to learn.
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@Jason @rrhoover @schnelle Thanks so much for the offer, Jared! I would DEFINITELY use a wing suit out of a normal plane. I was referring to the crazies who splatter themselves on mountains.
Jared Schnelle — Founder, Forge
@tferriss My email address is my last name at gmail dot com. Send me some contact info for you or an assistant and I'll pass it along to the GK Tandem Team (they are the ones that jump the President). Many of those guys fly wing suits and you can take it from there!
Troy Carlson — Editor in Chief @ modernsmarthome.com
You ruined my life, @tferriss.

I've read your books, followed your blog, and listened to your podcast. And after hours of reading, listening, practicing, re-listening, and experimenting, all I got out of it was a completely new perspective on my life goals, endless inspiration, and a monkey on my back constantly pushing me to challenge the status quo. In tough situations where I might otherwise complain or quit, I find myself asking WWTFD? And the answer is usually something like, "he would fuckin' deal with it immediately and move on." So that's what I do.

But the worst part is the sense of urgency regarding my goals and dreams. It's really hard to concentrate on a 9-5 consulting gig after you realize and truly understand that you can do anything. It sounds cliche, but your work pushed me to reflect and define what I really wanted, and showed me it was entirely possible to attain.

So thank you for that, and looking forward to the show!
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@troy_carlson Troy, this made my day. Thank you :) Kia kaha! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kia...)
Oliver Waters — Co-founder, d3i / Momento
Congrats on the launch @tferriss! Show looks great. Such a shame us Brits can’t watch it just yet. Fingers crossed you manage to get the international rights soon.
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@oliverwaters Still working on it, brother!
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Erik Torenberg — Product Hunt
Note: Tim will be doing an AMA at 730 AM PST. If you have a question, start your comment with "AMA:”

AMA: 1) Congrats on the launch Tim! You touch upon a bit in our podcast that you hope this launch serves as an example for other artists & creatives — who’ve similarly had projects shelved — to launch in novel and groundbreaking ways. What advice/recommendations would you give to those people? What are some of the biggest principles you abide by when launching?

2) For this show, what does success look like for you?

For those who want to hear more about the show and get deep inside @tferriss mind, we have a deep chat here: https://soundcloud.com/product-h...
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@eriktorenberg

For #1 and launching) I think Change.org and Kickstarter can be used respectively to petition larger companies with public pressure and raise funds (e.g. for licensing rights) to get deals done. I didn't do this, but it was a backup plan. Separately, read "1,000 True Fans" ten times before planning your launch.

#2) Success for me with this show is getting it to as many people as humanly possible. 25% of all launch week profits for the TV show go to After-School All-Stars (http://www.afterschoolallstars.org/), which supports after-school programs for at-risk youth who need mentors. They do amazing work, and I recognize how a few mentors steered me from disaster early in my life. I want everyone to have that opportunity.
Feyyaz Alingan — I make people healthy with bitehype.com
Congrats on the launch @tferriss!

AMA:

1. Why did you choose to go the TV route and not release this series on YouTube/vimeo/iTunes from the start on?

2. If Tim Ferriss was an unknown guy in 2015, which platform would you focus on, to build your audience?
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@freshfey
1. Why did you choose to go the TV route and not release this series on YouTube/vimeo/iTunes from the start on?

TIM: I wanted to give broadcast a shot, as it was always a fantasy, but I've changed my tune. Too many things outside of my control. Going digital is the only smart option with my core audience being tech-savvy 20-40-year olds.

2. If Tim Ferriss was an unknown guy in 2015, which platform would you focus on, to build your audience?

TIM: Hard to say, but I'm inclined to still focus on long-form content. The world of short-form (Snapchat, Twitter, FB, IG, etc.) is too competitive and not my forte. The blog (fourhourblog.com) is the heartbeat of everything that I do, and some of the posts are 5-15 pages. I try and zig when everyone is zagging. Right now, "zagging" is short-form content.
Ankur Nagpal — Founder, Teachable
Glad to see this come to fruition -- you mentioned something like this was in the works @ SXSW.

AMA : Considering how much of your time you spend intentionally (or unintentionally) teaching other people, have you thought about creating an online course?

With Gary V, Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki all launching online courses recently, it seems like an intuitive next step.

Disclaimer: I'm biased being heavily vested in the online courses space w @UseFedora
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@UseFedora @ankurnagpal I'll do a course when I'm super excited to do so, but I'm not there yet. Right now, my learning curve is just steeper with TV and video experiments, so I'm hanging out in that sandbox :)
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
I've thought about doing an online course, but I'm just not excited about it yet. If I do get super excited, I'll consider it. Until then, I'll focus on other things like the TV show and related experiments where the learning curve is steep.
Ryan Sarver — Partner at @redpointvc. <3er of products
Over the years I have learned so much from @tferriss. Not only in his practical anecdotes about how to hack life, but also through his life philosophy -- that you should always be learning and growing. I can't think of a better message for everyone in the startup world.

He's one of the most entertaining and fascinating people I know and I'm really excited to see him get to bring his message and humor to even more people through TV.
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@rsarver Thanks so much, Ryan! I super stoked about using TV as the Trojan horse to teach powerful learning concepts. Not everyone wants to sit down with a 400+-page book these days, so it's a fun experiment.
Angelia Trinidad — CEO at Passion Planner
First of all I just wanted to say, I love the way that you approach life, one experiment at a time. As an artist and an entrepreneur, I know through experience that approach is the least intimidating and most constructive way to live a life that is most times riddled with failure.

One down, one million to go.

AMA:

Given that creating this TV show is another experiment, what advice would you have given yourself (logistically, mentally, or emotionally) prior to starting The Tim Ferris Experiment, with the knowledge you know now 13 episodes deep?

Bonus questions:

1) Did you learn something new about yourself and working with other creatives?

2) Did you find yourself pushing your limits of personal comfortability and did you ever feel a little like you were playing a character?

From one human ginuea pig to another I just wanted to end with, keep up the amazing work Tim.

I know you get haters here and there, but like you said "You gotta focus on the people who "get it" and I am happy to say I'm someone who get's it. All the negativity, will fade away and your legacy will continue. Keep doing you, you are influencing more people than you know!
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@angeliatrinidad Thanks so much for the kind words! I never felt like a character, as I try hard to be myself on camera, and it's hard not to be yourself when you're stressing out or focusing 100%. The advice I would have given myself prior to filming 13 episodes: DO NOT film parkour first, you idiot! I was so badly injured in that episode that it made the next 12 episodes 10x harder to complete. My body was a disaster. I suppose the good news is that I got a lot of the injuries on camera for the episode :)
Ciaran Maguire — Founder, ToldYa.so
AMA:

Tim, you said you tried your best to get the "Network" to release the series worldwide but they wouldn't (as a non-American I appreciate you trying) so now like many many other fans of yours I'm forced to obtain it via illegal means if I want to view it. I'm sure you argued intelligently for a worldwide release citing piracy leading to a loss of potential earners outside of the US so what was their reasoning against a worldwide release?
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@ciaranmag They said they sold the rights internationally. I don't know what is being done internationally, if anything :/
Ciaran Maguire — Founder, ToldYa.so
@tferriss Thanks for the reply, seems silly leaving the content maker out of the know - when will they learn!
Aaron Batalion — Cofounder/1st CTO, LivingSocial
One of the things you learn building products/companies is how much you don't know... especially if anything starts to work. It becomes a competitive advantage if you can learn more quickly/efficiently than those around you.

And while on the surface, @tferriss's content appears to be life hacks: how to lose weight, survive a bear attack, etc... if you dig deeper, you'll find he's one of the best meta-learners on the planet, constantly optimizing the process of learning itself. There's no better embodiment of the learning process than his new show Tim Ferriss Experiment.

He's an incredible friend that I've learned so much from and I couldn't be happier to see him reclaim and distribute TFE in his own unique way.
おめでとう.

AMA: What skills were the most difficult to learn & why?
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@abatalion Thanks so much, Aaron! Getting this puppy made was taihen muzukashii, so I'm thrilled to have it out... finally! The most difficult skill (physically) was definitely parkour. In that episode alone, I tore both ACLs, 6 of my 8 total quadriceps muscles (both legs), my rotator cuff muscles, and all the flexors in one forearm. Doh! :)
★ Karan Goel ☂ — Engineer @ Google
Tim. Been a long time follower and read both Work and Body. Lost more lb's in less time than my goal. So yay and thanks!

Now the question. You recommend that we should learn from people who are world-class in X. In the age of the Internet, it's easy to find those people. But what's hard, and sometimes impossible, is getting access to them. How do we (not you or other famous folks) get access to them? And what do we do if we don't?
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@karangoel You don't need access, even though you can almost always find experts to help you on Skype or Skype video for cheap. But regardless, you can use the questions and techniques from both The Tim Ferriss Experiment and The 4-Hour Chef. Keep in mind that I learned to swim in my 30's with a Total Immersion book. I was by myself and simply had it recommended to me by Chris Sacca, (@sacca), who's comment is above.
Yana Vlatchkova — COO & Co-founder of Swipes
AMA: Tim, you're such an inspiration!!! :) My question is:

While evaluating the options on the different skills to master during The Experiment, which ones did you leave out because they were way too challenging?

I think this will make an interesting discussion on pushing the boundaries, yet facing them.
Thomas Knoll — Executive Coach, Revelry.co
AMA: Do you ever experience 'Imposter Syndrome'? What do you do with those thoughts and feelings?
Elle S — Community Manager, Wikidi
@thomasknoll I'd also be interested in hearing the answer to this one!
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@thomasknoll If you mean feeling insecure in one's abilities, here's how I deal with all sorts of neuroses -- "Productivity" Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me)" http://fourhourworkweek.com/2013...
Eric Watson — Co-founder, Spectafy Labs
@thomasknoll @tferriss This is my favorite podcast of yours Tim. Thanks for sharing so honestly, it really makes you seem human and what you've accomplished seem attainable to the average Joe (or Jane) with lots of hard and smart work. Thanks!
Jeff Needles — BI @ Meerkat & Maker of Things
AMA: @tferris Do you see business opportunity in the future of author/reader interaction as books become more fluid... As the writing process goes from one where an individual dumps a ton of knowledge and then many read it to one where there is a back and forth pre & post release and the content changes over time? Will there be startups/services/software to facilitate this?
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@jsneedles People have tried to combine authoring with crowdsourcing and I think you end up with something like the joke "Q: What is a camel? A: A horse designed by committee." I haven't seen it work very well when the crowd directly edits. That said, before and while writing my books, I poll my audience on social media all the time. That works amazing well for fine-tuning direction.
Stewart Rogers — Journalist/Analyst/Speaker - VentureBeat
AMA: @tferriss I know you had to do a lot of work to get the digital rights for this in the US only. But, especially given all the comments you got when the podcast was going out, why focus on making it available via iTunes as the lead platform again? And do you have an alternate destination for Android, MS, and other users?
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@therealsjr iTunes has been super supportive, and I also want to send a message to Hollywood by crushing the charts. I might do something with the episodes in a few weeks or months, but iTunes will be my focus for now. That said, I'm also putting a lot of bonus footage and extras on Vessel, which people can get for 30 days for free: https://www.vessel.com/timferriss
Stewart Rogers — Journalist/Analyst/Speaker - VentureBeat
@tferriss Thanks Tim. I get the 'super supportive' thing - I really do. All I'd add is to remember that your books are accessible to almost 100% of the population (100% if you add in the audiobook editions). By going on iTunes first/only, you're stopping a lot of existing fans from accessing this awesome content. I honestly believe you could crush all the charts, rather than just the one, fruit-flavored chart.
Chema — Founder @yclascom @openclassifieds
@tferriss @therealsjr I agree can not access the content :(
Shaun Trennery — Founder X&Go
This will become the de facto case study for how to launch a new product. Perfect use of every possible channel to ensure top rankings.
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@shauntrennery Thank you for such a compliment, Shaun! Doing my best and (unlike many previous launches) actually have fun this time around :)
Sam McRoberts — CEO, VUDU Marketing
AMA: Hey Tim, thank you for what you do!

1. As you were creating TFX, were there skills you wanted to tackle, but were unable to do so for one reason or another? (Safety, network rules, etc.)

2. If no to the above, was there anything in hindsight that you'd like to have tackled but didn't?
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Tim Ferriss — Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@sams_antics Wing suit (too dangerous), bull riding (ditto), Argentine polo (budget/deadlines) :)
Lucas Gordon — UI Engineer, WeSwap
AMA: @tferriss What's the best example you've seen of someone learning from your work and taking it further?
Jacqueline von Tesmar — Product Hunt 🐎
AMA: Have you continued to pursue any of your new found skills after the show? Which ones, and how have they impacted your routine / philosophy / life?
Arturo (AJ) — Student
[AMA below] I found @tferriss as a high school student who needed some guidance. For the past six years or so, I've been a student (of sorts) of the Ferriss School of Thought, and without getting into a long speech about how grateful I am about all you've done for me and others like me indirectly, I'll jump right into the question:

AMA: What's the likelihood of an un-schooled 4-Hour curriculum happening (as discussed in one of your early TimTimTalkTalks)?

Thanks for everything,

AJ
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Erik Torenberg — Product Hunt
AMA from the PH audience:

1) from Santosh Mohan: "What would you never experiment with?"

2) from Nick Wright: "My observation is that this seriousness at a young age is analogous to Josh Waitzkin's "making smaller circles" theory in learning. That is: in order to get to the next level of mastery one must internalize their current level of understanding to basically an unconscious level. After this brain dump I guess a question might be: Is there a shortcut for internalization of experience?"

3) from Alex Horak: "I'd be super curious to hear his take on the substrate independent minds movement. Also, be sure to sneak in a comment about his healthy gut bacteria. Oh and I love asking people what they've wasted the most time on. "

from me: Have you ever tried to freestyle rap...?! ;)
Steven Pesavento — Action Over Perfection GrowthHacking.com
Love Tim's work and will definitely be supporting him with a launch week purchase.

Thank you for all the value you've always provided in your work and your content!
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