From First TV to Dr. Oz – How to Get Local Media…Then National Media

(Photo: Dyobmit) Let’s start with what you think you want. “I want to get on Oprah eventually, and we’ve been pitching The New York Times, who’s interested.” Good news or game over? I hear some version of this on a weekly basis from start-up founders. Sadly, most of them aren’t prepared for national media and …

Housecleaning and Clarifications: Blog Content, 4HB Corrections, Competition Winners, Slow-Carb Mistakes, and More

(Photo: Felipe Morin) Holy crap. The 4-Hour Body (4HB) has ended up producing an avalanche of questions. There are definitely a few gems hidden amongst the rubble, and more than a few typos were unearthed in the process. This post — mostly how-to with a few bits of entertainment — is purely for tying up …

How to E-mail Virtual Assistants (or Any Assistants): Proven Templates

(Photo: Alan Clark Design) [Tim’s note: This is a guest post by Ramit Sethi on two of my favorite topics: one-shot-one-kill e-mail, and creating policies so you never repeat things. Also important to note: great VAs will use templates for answering *your* email; my assistant Amy uses more than a dozen specific templates to handle …

The New Book Unveiled: The 4-Hour Body (4HB)

Data crunching back to age 18. Three years of organizing self-experiments around the world. Thousands of blood tests and hundreds of case studies. My new book is finally here: The 4-Hour Body. I could not be happier with the end product. Truly, I am ecstatic. If you want a minimalist guide to hacking the human …

How to Keep Feces Out of Your Bloodstream (or Lose 10 Pounds in 14 Days)

Ruh-roh. (Photo Credit: We Love Costa Rica) Following our Paleolithic ancestors, our Neolithic ancestors lost an average of six inches in height. Most people now have those last 5-10 pounds that seem impossible lose. The causes for both, surprisingly, may be the same. Robb Wolf can explain. Robb, a former research biochemist, has functioned as …

How Authors Really Make Money: The Rebirth of Seth Godin and Death of Traditional Publishing

What do the economics of publishing look like… really? (Photo: thinkpanama) (Special thanks to my agent, Steve Hanselman, and my anonymous sources within the world’s biggest publishing houses) Print is dead! This has become a popular headline, and a great way to get quoted, as Nicholas Negroponte has shown. Iconic author Seth Godin, after 12 …

My Unusual $100,000 Birthday Present (Plus: Free Round-Trip Anywhere in the World)

Soon 33 years young. I’ll be back on the playa in August for Burning Man. 33. I’ll turn a glorious 33 this weekend. It’s going to be a great natal year–I can already feel it. Repeating numbers (born in ’77) are good luck. Perhaps it will be good luck for you, too: in this post, …

4-Hour Body Promo – Half-Naked Girls, Erections, and Stickers

On this blog, I try and strike a balance — well, it’s more like a ratio — of 80% useful content and 20% fun for sh#$% and giggles. If the blog isn’t fun for me to write, it will end up boring to read, so I sometimes visit Random Land. This is such a time. …

Going to China, Language Reactivation, and Other Mischief

Greetings from Kunming, China, land of Pu-erh tea! I’ve been offline for a week and feel fantastic. Kevin Rose, Glenn McElhose, and I are up to no good and having a blast. The above video is the first of several to chronicle our experience exploring the incredible world of tea in China, so be prepared …

Vanity Metrics vs. Actionable Metrics – Guest Post by Eric Ries

Vanity metrics: good for feeling awesome, bad for action. (photo source: UK Guardian) This is a guest post by serial entrepreneur Eric Ries. He was most recently co-founder and CTO of IMVU, which has more than 20 million registered users and generates $1,000,000+ in revenue per month. Eric is also a venture advisor to Kleiner …