Tim Ferris is the author of the Four-Hour Chef.

Tim Ferris is the author of the Four-Hour Chef.

Tim Ferris, author of runaway best seller the Four-Hour Work Week is a goofy guy—and a braniac.  He spoke at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, while sipping a few glasses of red wine, and gave insight on his charmed life—one he’s worked way more than four hours per week to cultivate.  Right now he is promoting his new book The Four-Hour Chef, a 672-page tome that he’s self-published on Amazon, going against the publishing grain, alienating himself from the traditional brick and mortar juggernauts like Barnes and Noble who do not carry his book.  “If you want to make an impact in the digital world be prepared to take an impact,” he said.  “This is a full-armor sport.”   So far his new book is doing well, sitting at number two on Amazon for most of this week.  Ferris considers himself at the core to be a teacher with the gift of distilling complicated data into bite-sized chunks that the public can consume, humbly and refreshingly assuring the audience “I’m no Hemingway.”

The sold-out crowd of Ferris-fans were mostly in their 30s, eager to learn from the master entrepreneur whom I thought was very down-to-Earth, if your idea of terra firma is a combination of intellect and raunch—his vocabulary is salty, and made me giggle with its self-confidence and sass, too Popeye-the-sailor-man for me to repeat on this PG-rated blog.  “If you want to make something of yourself from nothing early on in your career you have to hustle,” he said at the Q and A portion of the talk.  “Then you have to execute—being a good communicator is vital.”  I raised my imaginary wine glass to his advice—cheers Mr. Ferris…you’re doing good, kid.

Building The New World

November 16, 2012

Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy holds a vision for the new world.

Emerging ways of building the new world always thrill me when I discover them.  I found a new website that serves as a funding platform at Indiegogo.  Their concept is broken down into four steps:

  1. Raise money
  2. Create your campaign
  3. Gain global exposure
  4. Get inspired

Inspiration is always what lights my fire and that’s exactly the emotion that captured my spirit when I received an email from Joanna Macy, a true visionary for these evolutionary times.  She’s a hard-nosed realist.  Joanna knows that when things look bleak, human beings respond with great wisdom and ingenuity. Her story of what she calls “the Great Turning,” the global shift from destruction to sustainability, is deeply inspiring.  “Don’t be afraid of your heart breaking open,” she tells us. “The heart that breaks open can hold the whole universe. It’s that big.”

Chris Laundry is making a short film about Joanna Macy and he needs $12,000 to fund his campaign.  Luckily, he’s more than halfway there.  If you are as inspired by Joanna’s wisdom as I am, you might want to make a contribution, if not for yourself, then maybe for the future of humanity.