Thank You, Facebook Bankruptcy, and Late Christmas Presents

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Thank you…

Thank you…

Thank you!

The last two blog posts have moved me more than any others, and the new expanded 4-Hour Workweek has hit #4 on The New York Times bestseller list and #3 on the USA Today Money list!

In a future post, I will explain exactly what I did in PR and marketing (including recordings and screenshots) to help it happen, but the reality is: you made it happen.

You all rock. For buying the book? No. For making this community what it is. For helping one another and sharing your stories and lessons learned. For teaching me more than I can ever possibly teach you.

This is my dream team.

I’m leaving for South Africa this week (first time to Africa!), but I wanted to try and express my thanks before I left. There are three things I’d like to start with:

1) Free signed books at Samovar in San Francisco

2) Free round-trip ticket anywhere in the world per the last post

3) 600 free books on Facebook (+ Facebook bankruptcy template)…

1) Free signed books at Samovar in San Francisco

There are roughly 100 signed copies of the 4HWW–including both hardcovers and paperback galleys–available for free at all Samovar locations in San Francisco. Please ask the manager on duty, and there is a limit of 2 per person. Alas, once they are gone, they are gone.

2) Free round-trip ticket anywhere in the world per the last post

The winner of the video case studies from the last post is…. Chuck Holton!

Here were the top 8 most-voted videos:

I loved all of them and felt that it was hard to vote for one, as lifestyle design is — by definition — personal. That which impresses the most people might not be the best approach for you to emulate, if your circumstances are different. For that reason, I would like to mail a thank-you gift to each of the initial 15 case studies who were finalists. You know who you are.

If you were one of them, please e-mail Amy your mailing address with the subject line as “Video Case Study – [your name]”.

Use the e-mail address you used to post your comment (Chuck, please do the same for now). It might take a week or two, but I will send you a thank-you gift for taking the time to share and teach.

In a word: incredible.

3) 600 free books on Facebook

Not long ago, I declared Facebook bankruptcy and moved things around. In fact, I started over from scratch. 1,200+ unread messages required it. Information Chapter 11.

The catalyst was an e-mail I received from Paul Colligan, which inspired me to finally take the leap and get things under control. To tame the beast. Find his group e-mail here, which you can use as a template if needed.

Here’s what I’m doing as a belated Christmas giveaway: changing things up.

My Facebook peeps never get any love — it’s always my blog readers and Twitter followers. This time, I’m giving away 600 books using what Facebook does best: getting people in touch. The first 100 people to do the following will be mailed up to six books to share (1 for each of their friends, and 1 copy for them).

The three steps are simple and fast:

1) Step one: Take a picture of yourself holding a copy of The 4-Hour Workweek (old or new) and upload it to the Tim Ferriss fan page, so I can easily find the pics and contact you directly. There are more than 100 photos I’ve put nowhere else, and dozens of never-before-seen videos are coming. If it’s a Kindle or electronic version, just show it on the screen and you’re all set.

The link is:

Having trouble uploading? Here is a tip from reader Cameron Hurd (Thanks, Cameron!):

…Try clicking on a fan photo, and then choosing ’see all photos’. The page will now have an ‘add photos’ link at the top. Or, once you’re logged in to facebook, click this linky-poo:

2) Step two: Tag 3-5 friends (no fewer than 3 friends and no more than 5) in the picture whom you’d like to give the new version of the book. They might be workaholics, travel lovers, recent college grads, people who hate the rat race, or even your parents or siblings. Be sure to tag at least 3 of your friends in the picture, but don’t tag more than 5 friends total. There are a limited number of books I can give away, and I want as many people to have gifts for their friends as possible.

3) Step three: Post reasons and a link. In the photo description, you need to do two things: explain to your friends why you chose them, and link to either the post of case studies or this Slideshare presentation. Feel free to write your own, or you can mix and match these templates:

1. I’m calling you guys out — you’re workaholics! In an effort to reduce your work hours and re-kindle our friendships, I want to give each of you “The 4-Hour Workweek.” More to come soon. If you don’t know what the book is about, here it is: [or]

2. Hey friends! I want to give you all a copy of “The 4-Hour Workweek” (which is why you’ve each been tagged in this picture). More to come soon, but I should have a belated Christmas gift for you 🙂 If you want a sneak peek of the book, check this out: [or]

3. Hello fellow travelers! I want to give each of you a copy of “The 4-Hour Workweek.” It shows you how to travel at 50% off, hire virtual assistants for next to nothing, and otherwise live like a king or queen overseas. The author is sending out a ton of free copies of the book. More to come soon. If you don’t know what the book is about, click here: [or]

Unfortunately, due to logistics, I can only mail books to addresses in the US. Shikata nai and lo siento mucho!

There are 48 hours.

The three steps must be completed by 12 midnight PST this Thursday, 1/7/10.

What then?

Nothing — that’s it. One of my assistants will contact the first 100 people via Facebook in a private message no later than Sunday (1/10), and you’ll be asked for your shipping address. The books will be shipped next week.

In closing, and this applies to all of you international friends as well:

The Tim Ferriss Show is one of the most popular podcasts in the world with more than 900 million downloads. It has been selected for "Best of Apple Podcasts" three times, it is often the #1 interview podcast across all of Apple Podcasts, and it's been ranked #1 out of 400,000+ podcasts on many occasions. To listen to any of the past episodes for free, check out this page.

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148 Replies to “Thank You, Facebook Bankruptcy, and Late Christmas Presents”

  1. Wow – well done Chuck. I still don’t understand his 4HWW story though. Wasn’t as clear as some of the others what his income streams were.

  2. Hi tim,

    ‘I’ve been following your progress from South Africa and I’m intrigued by the Idea that you might be in S.A. Will you be making any appearances etc?

  3. Hey Tim,

    I’m in India (Amazon doesn’t ship to my address) and purchased the Audible version 2 nights ago. Can I send my photo with that? I would love for a few of my friends to get the book.



    1. Hi Tara,

      Sure thing. Just use a pic of the screen (or screenshot) with it on it — preferably the cover if possible — and you’re all set!



  4. Congrats Chuck!

    Tim- How about a book or articles with more in depth information on some case studies?

    Love the blog!

  5. Congrats to Chuck!

    Tim, have a great trip to Africa.

    And I’m going to take you up on the Facebook offer right now…..

  6. Your FB offer rocks!!

    It’s perfect for these people I’ve been trying to share this with but for one reason or another, haven’t been able to have a “breakthrough” with them..

    Really looking forward to getting some close friends and fam a copy.. Thanks a ton Tim!!

  7. Just did the facebook photo, brilliant idea. Made me think of this ikea ad.

    Tim, just finished the expanded and updated edition, and it could not have come at a better time. I can’t wait to set a system for testing muses and getting started.

  8. Hi Tim,

    I’m in India and bought the Audible version of the book. Is that ok? Well, I have tried it for the contest anyways because I have some friends that need your book.



  9. Tim you never cease to amaze me! I read your first book and have the new one on order and can’t wait to read the new content. Keep up the contests, you give back to your community more than any other site I know. You have inspired me to get my own site up and running and make this year the best one yet.



  10. No Thank you Tim!

    You deserve every sucess with your book.

    I’m halfway through reading ‘4 hour..’ and I’ve already cried like a schoolgirl. You give me back my freedom, both external freedom like financials/travelling and freedom of mind.

    2009 was a tough year for my family with illness and life in general knocking me around. 2010 looking much better thanks to you. Your book is a lifesaver. It’s become my personal bible.

    Enjoy Africa.

  11. Thanks for the props Tim. However, in full disclosure buddy, the template was a rework of your templates inside of the (original) 4HWW.

  12. I think this is the first time I have seen someone utilize facebook in a viral way to promote a product (instead of “become a fan!”).

    Good job on creatively thinking Tim.


  13. Thanks Tim! One thing I didn’t understand, what photo are the friends supposed to be in? Are they supposed to be in the photo with the book?

    By the way, nice picture of the kitty cat.

    Wow, Africa. Sounds exciting. Personally I prefer Japan and France, but I wouldn’t mind going to Africa. Can’t wait to see your posts, pics and videos. It would be great to see some cheetahs.

    Also, just wanted to let you know, the video doesn’t play. I am using Chrome (the best browser!)

    Can’t wait for the next book!

  14. Always US only. Crappy.

    Oh well, you’re still a generous man. I’ll see if I can find some American friends to tag.

    Thanks for all you do.

    Happy New Year.

  15. Tim,

    You’re the man. You’ll love Africa! My girlfriend traveled to Kenya with a non-profit group called free the children, and loved everything about it.

    Anyone who’s having trouble uploading them & their book to the fan photos album, try clicking on a fan photo, and then choosing ‘see all photos’. The page will now have an ‘add photos’ link at the top.

    Or, once you’re logged in to facebook, click this linky-poo:

    Not super-intuitive. For me, at least.

  16. Great job with all of this Tim. I am currently emulating what you are doing with your book to try and get more customers for my web design/marketing company URLidiots. You’ve been a huge inspiration and continue to be.

  17. Did the Fbook gig… number 30-something baby!

    Enjoy Africa and congratulations on all your successes.

    Keep gettin’ AfterIt!

  18. Hey Tim,

    Thank you! I will be emailing you this afternoon about a contest I’d be greatful for you to get involved with regarding helping entrepreneurs. Your friends Yanik Silver & the prodigy, Cameron Johnson are involved 🙂 Hope that lends some credibility and my email finds you.

  19. You’re looking pretty happy in the vid- have fun in Africa and let us know how it goes. As gingers are allergic to the sun, I’ll have to live vicariously through your experience.

  20. Yay! Looks like I made it in at #36! So excited to read the new book. Thanks Tim, Happy New Year and have fun in Africa!!

  21. whoop whoop.. Just got my FB pic posted and I’m super excited for my friends and family to read the book!

  22. Have a blast in S. Africa – I hear it’s a beautiful place.

    Congrats for making the NY Times list again, and thanks for your generosity in this contest. I’m really stoked that I got on the list, and can’t wait to see the updated version!

    And congrats to Chuck – I’m glad you’re going to get to take your son to Malta… that’s very cool.

  23. Lol-ed at the video Tim… Happy new Year to you too!

    I don’t seem to get the button to post my photo up on the fan page but then again I just realized you’re only shipping within the US. ..bummer…

    ***(you can edit this out if it doesn’t comply with the house rules)

    I’m giving out 3 extra copies of your book that I got with my own copy via my blog and I’m shipping them out from Malaysia which is where I’m at. Maybe those around the South East Asia region looking to get a free copy could check in on the details.

  24. Congrats!

    So, is it still Cape Town, Tim, and if yes, are you planning on doing a meet up with your readers?

    Would be rad if you did.

  25. Oh Tim, you are so adorable. If only I was rich, gorgeous, and 20 years younger!

    Have a wonderful time in South Africa, Happy New Year and thank you for the wonderful gifts. I’ll be sending you happy vibes for your trip.

    As they say in Argentina,


    Paula McConnell

    ps. If you are ever in Albany, New York, please join the hubby and me for dinner. I’m a wonderful cook. We can share Argentina stories and talk non-trad work.

  26. Hey Tim,

    Both copies(old and updated) of your book I bought on my Kindle. If I included a picture of the book displayed on the kindle, would that work?


  27. Man!!! I posted my photo but after posting it I’ve realized that it’s intended just for the US peeps.

    The tragedy!!!

  28. Hey, awesome, guys. Thanks a ton. You’ve got one very VERY happy 12-year-old!

    Nathan – contact me via my website – I’d like to send you a gift, too. Just for shaving your head like a zebra. You maniac. 🙂

  29. Congrats Chuck…

    And Thank You Tim! The teacher always appears when the student is ready, and the student appears when the teacher is ready. Inspiration causes more inspiration, and thanks for inspiring me. Have fun in South Africa!

  30. Love the blog, always something exciting going! Good thing I get the notification on my Blackberry or I would miss all those amazing contests of yours :).

  31. Awesome! Did it this morning like everyone else so I’m sure you’ll have to be fine with a bunch of bed head pictures.

    Thanks Tim!

  32. This is awesome!

    I bought the book and it is outstanding packed with practical tips, which is exactly what I was looking for. I am still in process of reading it, but what I have read so far is already challenging and changing the way I think about getting things done it life.

    Thanks, Tim and you are welcome 🙂



  33. Congrats Chuck! Forgot to mention it earlier.

    Looking forward to having my own videos and stories and lifestyle that matches my desires.

  34. Tim,

    I’m a long-time fan of yours from South Africa. Delighted that you’re visiting our country – trust it is just the first of many trips here for you – so much to see and do!

    Haven’t been able to secure the latest release of 4HWW here yet – have ordered online, but have a l-o-n-g 3 week delivery wait! Should hopefully arrive next week however.

    Have been super motivated by all the video submissions – thanks to all and especially you, Tim! Enjoy your trip.

  35. Uber great idea Tim! I think I was # 78? I rolled over in bed and checked my email (so un-4hour work week, I know, but I’m glad I did!) I had been meaning to scrap up a few bucks to buy extra copies of your book to give out and the universe heard me I guess. Thanks for all that you do! Hope you have an even more fruitful Year!

    btw are you doing any seminars in Los Angeles soon. Or signings, anything? Would love to meet you.

  36. Tim, have fun in South Africa. For a change of pace when you’re over there, check out some of the local stand up comedians. I’ve been working on a documentary about some of them for the past couple years. Hilarious and poignant stuff!

  37. Tim, a friend mentioned to me that I was mentioned in the new 4HWW. I had no idea if he was kidding or not, but another friend and I decided to scan through it and take a look.

    Sure enough, an old, old blog comment of mine was included word for word on page 27.

    “Wow, I have a whole page to myself!”


    Thank you Tim, means a lot to me. Keep on doing what your doin man, people listen, and appreciate it, big time.


  38. Hey Tim, I LOVE the book and have been trying to get some of my recent college grad friends to read it. I’m a senior in college and have used some of the outsourcing techniques in the first book to help me with research for some classes, help me design the eBook cover and video cover for my Juggling Course and have also hired individuals in the Phillipines to do article marketing for my home business to generate leads for me! This book ROCKS and I can’t thank you enough for what you have taught me through it. Just uploaded a picture from my Kindle and the older edition! I hope that I can share copies with my friends!

    -Chris Hughes

  39. Congrats, Chuck! Your children’s understanding of these philosophies will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Enjoy your trip!

    Tim – thank you for having this competition, it was a pleasure to participate and to see the different ways people are using the principles outlined in your book. Do you think one day the logistics issues regarding non-US participants will be addressed? Your friends up North would appreciate it 🙂

  40. Congrats, Chuck. My wife and I just had our first child and I look to this as inspiration.

    Tim, I expected no less for 4HWW expanded success!

  41. Just re-read the expanded version and its the most valuable info I’ve ever mentally digested. On an aside if you haven’t already listened in on this its worth the 20 minutes. Speaks volumes to the same principles that you live by!

    Cheers and safe travels!

  42. Done and done! I hope I’m in the top 100. We wouldn’t have this lifestyle if it wasn’t for your book. We would like to wish everyone a happy, safe, and prosperous New Year…

  43. Hi Tim,

    Very glad to hear your making the trip to South Africa… I loved your first book but actually stopped reading it at the point where you mentioned people shouldn’t visit Africa because it’s not safe… I’m not saying your wrong, but I’ve greatfully survived for 33 years thus far and just thought your comment was a bit harsh from someone who’se never been here 🙂 I might just continue reading your book tonight… which reminds me, I must implement some more of your suggestions (it sounds easier than it is)

    I know it won’t be your last trip here as Africa is an amazing continent.



  44. I am glad chuck won. Just the fact that he has his kids making money doing what they love shows he really got the principles of the book. Being able to reproduce in others what you have learned is a true sign of mastery. Congrats Chuck. Have a great time in the motherland Tim!

  45. Congrats Tim on the making the lists and to Chuck on the contest – nice to see it can be done with children!

    Thanks again Tim. You continue to inspire and another great, creative marketing idea too!

    At the risk of my own blog becoming the “Tim Ferriss show,” I had to include your latest and how it’s really helped me in the midst of my own 4 week challenge, but more importantly how it will – hopefully – help my friends too.

    Enjoy Africa!

  46. Wow! Have a ball in Africa, Tim! Congrats for making the NY Times list again & thank you for your generosity to the very cool 4HWW community!

    Congrats Chuck! Woot to 4HWW families & your great story! Have a blast with your son in Malta…way cool!

    So many good ones that I’m glad Tim is giving a gift to all 15…congrats to all!

    Tim, I can’t wait for your unique book PR and marketing ideas as our first book is coming out this year.

  47. Dude, I’ll just buy your book. In fact, I saw it at Borders in Dulles airport this past Sunday. Do you have a paperback version?

    1. LOL… Thanks, Cori. There is no paperback at this point, just hardcover and electronic versions (Kindle, audiobook on, etc.). No paperback planned at the moment.


  48. Wow… this thing spread like fire! There are already a lot more than 100 photos in Facebook. Tim: next time, a 4 hour deadline will be enough. 😀

  49. Tim,

    I love your work. You have motivated and guided me to pursue opportunities I once thought out of my reach.

    I am currently working on my muse and am writing you for insight into the process you go through when creating content. I have been surprised by the amount of quality content you generate. I appreciate any advice you have on the topic.

    Thanks for the feedback.


  50. Hey Tim,

    Finally coming to our beautiful country! Nothing like it anywhere in he world.

    Don’t hesitate to mail if you need you advice about where to go or what to do!

    Some truly awesome places and amazing things to experience!!

    Looking forward to the new book, would be awesome to get an autograph!


  51. Congratulations to Chuck, but Gary, your story was really inspiring too. Nathan, your video was hilarious; I watched it about 3 times – and learned nothing 🙂

  52. Hi Tim,

    I’ve been using your previous book a guide for the last year and the case studies posted recently had really gotten me even more motivated. Ordered the new book today just so I don’t miss anything.


  53. Got up bright and early, saw your email and made a mad dash to San Francisco. Grabbed two copies for myself and a friend.

    Thanks, Tim!

  54. Good job Chuck!

    Congratulations Tim! Truly well done. Now get Amy to confirm you to my friends list. lol

    And thank you Tim. You got me off my butt and finally got my own personal website off the ground on Monday. It’s because of you that it’s there and I also have two web projects in the works. Hope to catch you in person one of these days for an adventure somewhere!

  55. Hi Tim!

    Love your book and the videos were inspiring. I’d like to see a whole book full of different in depth case studies of what people have done.

    By the way, I’m sure you know that 40% of your readers come from outside the US. Every time you offer something only to US residents, you alienate those readers. Very US-centric!

    1. Hi Susan,

      It’s a tough situation for me. It often comes down — for legal reasons or logistics — to offering to US-only or no one at all. I guess I just feel that sharing to those I can is better than sharing to no one.

      Just doing my best,


  56. Congrats Chuck! I am glad to see you won – I felt really inspired by your story.

    Hi Tim – I love the way you use Facebook for the promotion of your book. It would be great if you could share some stats once the contest is over. It’s always great to learn how specific social media campaigns turn out.

    Geniet Africa!

  57. Tim Your Book the FHWW Rocks.

    I bought the audio version about 1 year ago and I have listened to it more than 5 times and I working towards the goal of homeschooling my kids on a cruise.

    I was a little bit surprised than you did not really talk about what is possible in Africa in your first book, and just mentioned the fact that people should avoid wars etc. I am very excited that you are finally making a trip to Africa (South Africa is kind of a little bit different, but is a good starting point.) I admire entrepreneurs like Richard Branson who see a lot of potential in developing business leadership in Africa

    My book: “Emerging ONE Billion Customers in Africa”

    will be published in March and I must thank you for helping inspire me to write this book as part of my FHWW plan.

    I hope you will have a lot of fun and discover a lot of new opportunities in Africa as it is the next frontier for smart entrepreneurs and investors.

    Good luck and have a safe trip.

    1. Eric, thank you for the comment. I agree. I’m glad to be off to Africa. The wording on Africa is going to be revised.



  58. Tim,

    Thanks amigo. It sounds a little cliche to say a book changed my life but in 2007 when I first read The 4-hour Work Week it got me to think about the direction I was taking in career and life. Within six months my wife and I sold our house in LA and started a great adventure. I become a PADI certified Divemaster, we sailed the NW Caribbean with my wife’s father, we explored Mexico and Guatemala by bus and visited 14 awesome National Parks in our RV around the Western US.


    My current muse is to offer Internet project management consulting to those building websites or applications. The automation phase will be to turn the offering into a product.

    Have a great time in Africa.


  59. Tim-

    Thank YOU. You deserve the credit.

    I really also want to thank the people in your life that have helped create conditions for your development. Your parents, your friends growing up, infuencial thinkers and authors, the teacher in grade school who gave you confidence and supported you (or whatever). Your readers who gave you valuable feedback and you in turn gave back more results and it goes on.

    The whole stream of our lives feed into the current moment, and everything that you are and we are comes together to form the 4HWW community.

    I also want to note that it is Extremely auspisious for you to have a buddhist thangka (painting) in your video. As a buddhist student and practicioner, I have to say that to me, this is a direct representation of your good karma. I will continue to study and practice your material, and I wish you to find everything you seek on this journey, because as you succeed, so do we all, and vice versa.


    1. Thank you so much, Ben! Made my day 🙂 2010 is going to be a great year for the whole community. I can feel it.

      All the best,


  60. Congratulations Chuck – all the best with your trip to Malta! I will be there with my own family on March 21st. And you are right, a wonderful way to experience a history lesson first hand with your children. One of my children particularly is a history buff and Malta, Greece and Egypt will be amazing for him to visit. My children have travelled the South Pacific extensively but have no experience of the old world so this trip will be a real eye-opener.

    Congratulations also on home-schooling your children (I ‘outsource’ my childrens’ formal schooling – haha!). Home-schooling seems to turn-out very well rounded children. It must also be nice not to have to apply to school to take the children on holidays. Many of the ‘better’ schools here do not allow the pupils to be taken out for holidays at all – sort of like a prison sentence. However, it seems ironic that all this parentally-driven striving for academic excellence is so the children can be ‘successful’ and ‘financially secure’ and then what – Travel? Experience Life? Seems a bit backward to me…

  61. Hi Tim,

    Congrats on reaching the NYT Bestsellers list once again. I’m a little disappointed about your US-centric policy on mailing out free books though. I realize that international mailing is expensive, and 600 is a lot of books. I’m sure this one logistical problems that could be readily overcome – how about offering 600 links/tickets/whatever to a free audio or e-book download? This would be easier than mailing, no?

    Thanks for the great ideas,


    1. Hi Janet,

      If I could wrangle with Random House and the respective owners of the digital versions (I sold worldwide rights, which Random House then sells to overseas publishers), I would do exactly that. Next time, I hope.


  62. Hey Tim,

    If you get a chance head up to Tanzania. Check out Ngorongoro Crater and the Sarengeti. My wife and I spent 4 weeks in Dar es Salaam and then 6 days on a safari in Jan. 2007. Nothing quite like camping on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater and waking up with a giant elephant walking near you. An American friend of mine runs if you’re looking for a reputable volunteer program to check out. Plus, a guy like you would love Zanzibar. Probably one of the few places in the world, where I have been that you haven’t. All in all, one of the most amazing experiences of my life and they people there are really nice.

  63. What if we somehow made your Facebook fan page into a networking opportunity for us readers? Or maybe a Tim Ferriss LinkedIn page!

  64. Hiya Tim,

    I live in sunny South Africa, and am sure that you will have an extraordinary time here! We are surrounded by such beauty in this country, you will have no choice but to fall in love with it, only to find yourself wanting to return for another visit!

    Which parts of South Africa will you be visiting?

    Kindest regards,


  65. Hiya Tim,

    I live in sunny South Africa, and am sure that you will have an extraordinary time here! We are surrounded by such beauty in this country, you will have no choice but to fall in love with it, only to find yourself wanting to return for another visit!

    Which parts of South Africa will you be visiting?

    Kindest regards,


  66. Tim, I’d love to do this right away on Facebook, but I already have both version of your book. Would you send me the expanded version of the audiobook? Would be greatly appreciated.

  67. Looks like there’s already over 100 people that’ve done this… so i don’t suppose ill be getting the audiobook :-

  68. ahh nice about giving away the books. I’ve got one but I’m in the UK. I’ll buy one soon anyways.

  69. Hi Tim

    This is the first time I’ve read your BLOG and happy to hear you are on your way to South Africa.Hope you have a great time! I am sure you will not be disappointed.

    Just because you are making a contribution to our economy, I will go out and buy your book.



  70. Hey Tim, forget all this book talk I LOVE how you’re pulling out these compelling headlines. Facebook Bankruptcy! That’s pure copy genius.

    As for this international issue whenever there’s a giveaway, from a marketing point of view, I think there’s some interesting psychological stuff going on when you offer something to only a part of the group.

    Think about it, with the current set-up a few hundred people feel great when they get a free book, but how many tens of thousands feel a bit left out (even though their chances of getting a book were tiny).

    I dare say, there are people who wouldn’t have taken ANY action to get the free book, but not being given the chance, still makes them feel excluded.

    Building a community is a tricky business, but at it’s core is Inclusion. So, I’d second what Janet said, which is a great example of “give me solutions not problems”.

    All the best for 2010.

  71. Congradulations Chuck, enjoy your prize ^_^

    Enjoy your spell in South Ameirca Tim, many thanks for all of the wonderful content on your blog. I love it.

    Much love. Peace.

  72. Hey Tim,

    Just finished you book and couldn’t put it down!! I’m pumped and ready to go! You talk about selling one product to start but I was thinking about being a licensee, selling multiple products, and was wondering if the same automating process works? Any resources or info is appreciated. Forgive me if I’m asking questions on the wrong forum. Please advice me where to go if I am in the wrong location.


  73. Bring lots of cat food with you. I hear the Prawns in District 9 like cat food. You should introduce them to your 3-minute egg white and spinach recipe. Markedly better than cat food, and more nutritionally dense. Safe travels, bro 🙂

  74. Hey Tim,

    your casestudiy blog post was awesome. I was really fascinated by that.

    I have another question: Is the expanded version of the 4h workweek also avaible in Germany? If not, how long I have to wait? Maybe I’ll purchase an English copy, if I have to wait too long…

    1. Hi Richard,

      The international versions are up to each foreign publisher, so it could take a while. Here is the publisher (almost all the foreign publishers) if you’d like to ask them:

      Kindle will probably be faster. Search “Amazon hack!!” in the last 3 posts’ comments to see how to hack the US Kindle version to view on an int’l Kindle 🙂

      All the best,


  75. Tim,

    Read from your blog that you’re going to be in Cape Town.

    Would like to meet you when you are here.

    I’ve been living the lifestyle for over nine years through methods I devised on my own. Originally a well known publisher from Boston. Lived in Bali, Paris and eventually settled in Cape Town five years ago. All before having discovered 4hrww.

    Here’s what I have to offer:

    – Well connected and can introduce you to some very interesting characters and places. Everything from mercenaries to models to sangomas. Africa not being like the Valley, NYC, etc. many of the treasures here lie hidden and undiscoverable through conventional networks.

    – Well versed in southern African bush as well as Cape Town nightlife

    – Can put you in touch with top experts for questions/requests that I can’t answer personally

    – Instrument rated pilot and owner of one of the best maintained bush planes on the continent, which I flew from Boston several years ago. Will take you where you need to go free of charge if my schedule permits.

    – Have no shortage of powerful and famous friends. Am interested in your philosophy, not your celebrity. Will not waste your time.

    If of interest, please contact me by email or Facebook.



  76. Wow, I’m so late on the “buzz train” FB contest. Still waiting on my physical copy to be mailed from Amazon, but I would have taken a photo with my electronic copy. That video was hilarious. You’re a really funny guy Tim, and generosity always comes back in droves even if there is a marketing angle to it:)

  77. Hi Tim, just started the book yesterday, after getting the last copy at Samovar. Feeling VERY inspired by it and it came just at the right time:

    Recently left my bussing job at Firefly (I’ve bussed your table many times!) to take the leap into making full-time my career as a psychotherapist.

    What is unique for me with your book is that I’m not looking for less work. I’m looking for MORE work because I LOVE being a therapist. So I get to change your words, for example, from “[Dreamlining] focuses on activities that will fill the vacuum created when work is removed” (p. 54) to “[Dreamlining] focuses on work that will fill the vacuum created when unemployment is removed” So fun!

    I write a lot. Let me know when you want to collaborate on a book for the unemployed who seek to make a difference in the world. Thank you for your work, Tim.

  78. Hey Tim,

    As much as I’m enjoying this blog post, posting a pic on your FB wall from 37,000 feet on a Virgin America flight, and reading this post’s comments, I’m asking myself if I’m being productive or just active, and have got to sign off ;).

    Catch you later buddy.