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10-12-14 Board. 12 Lessons George R.R. Martin Has Taught Us About Writing. 24 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Write More. Interview with Tim Ferriss of The 4-Hour Workweek - Part 1. If you heard of a new book called The 4-Hour Workweek, you know who is Timothy Ferriss.

Interview with Tim Ferriss of The 4-Hour Workweek - Part 1

Tim speaks six languages, runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide, a national champion in Chinese kickboxing, and has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003. Recently his book caught my attention. The title itself is very attractive to me who work at least 40 hours per week (if not more). There are positive reviews about the book around blogosphere, and it is currently on #9 of the Amazon best-seller list. So I sent him a quick email to setup this interview and just get to know him more.

In Part 1 I ask Tim about some general questions, including his view on productivity and 20/80 rules. Q: Tim, you have done a lot in your life – you are a kickboxing champion, a world record holder in tango, as well as running a multinational firm. Second, writing this book required me to conquer serious inner demons. 15 Ways Successful People Think Differently. What determines if one is successful or not?

15 Ways Successful People Think Differently

It is all in how one thinks and approaches situations. Are you one to actively go all in or do you wade in the water, testing it first? 1. Focusing on What Matters. 20 Essential Books To Supercharge Your Productivity. Perhaps the number one rule that productive people emphasize is the need to have a mentor.

20 Essential Books To Supercharge Your Productivity

But with busy lifestyles today, it is difficult to find time to build that relationship. Thankfully, great mentors and teachers for a productive life are only an arm stretch away in a book. Success and productivity comes first from gaining the knowledge. The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Freelancers. The world of freelancing is tough.

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Freelancers

It’s hard to know if you’re doing it right or wrong. If your bids are good enough or if they’re even being read. It is a shouting match and your voice blends in with the rest of them. There is no clear-cut formula for success, and your e-mail inbox stays un-flooded with messages of people trying to hire you. 15 Things Really Successful People Do Often. We all perceive and appreciate extraordinary people around us, who are heroically successful at what they do; particularly people who experience repetitive success in many areas all through their lifetime.

15 Things Really Successful People Do Often

We all have our own models of great and successful people, whom we appreciate and admire. There are many reasons that influence success; some of them have conferred their favorite habits or have acknowledged their own actions to reach their goals. The point to be considered here is most of them were not born into success; they worked hard, they learned and they simply and continuously did things successfully. 20 Things Highly Successful People Don't Do. Success is defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”

20 Things Highly Successful People Don't Do

So it goes with saying that highly successful people are better at accomplishing their goals. 10 Surefire Ways To Build Confidence And Be Successful In Life. Fear often holds us back from reaching their dreams.

10 Surefire Ways To Build Confidence And Be Successful In Life

Learning how to overcome that fear is one of the best ways to increase your chances of becoming successful. Learn how to build confidence so you can increase your chances of living a successful life. 1. Identify Clear Goals. 10 Statements That Kill Your Productivity. Productivity is usually associated to the amount of useful work done, targets accomplished and goals achieved.

10 Statements That Kill Your Productivity

But in this world of distractions, where a million things are competing for each second of your attention, the focus span is reducing and getting some actual work done is increasingly becoming a battle against time. Things could be better though if we knew beforehand about these little monster killers of our time and energy, and the answer to the million dollar question we often ask ourselves; ”where did the day go?” Here’s a list of 10 statements that account for poor productivity in our daily life: 1. 10 Statements That Kill Your Productivity. 9 Productivity Hacks From Great Writers for Copywriters of Today.

Copywriters all over the world face the same difficulties when they start a new project: the emptiness of a blank sheet of paper.

9 Productivity Hacks From Great Writers for Copywriters of Today

No ideas or too many of them, but the same result; it is like someone just handcuffed you and you are unable to write anything. However, once you solve this starting issue, another one emerges: the lack of time. Time for some productivity hacks for writers. 7 Effective Time Management Tips To Maximize Your Productivity. Have you ever had one of those days when you find yourself getting up from your desk, answering phone calls from family members, and clicking through web pages only to realize it’s noon and you still haven’t accomplished anything?

7 Effective Time Management Tips To Maximize Your Productivity

We’ve all been there. But when this becomes a daily occurrence, it’s time to take action. Use the following tips to maximize productivity, whether at work, school or home. 1. List “Time-Wasters” Things People Do On Monday Mornings That Make Them Highly Successful. Ah, Monday morning. It’s nobody’s favorite time of the week. It’s when we all have to stumble out of bed and face a brand new week, grumbling about needing coffee and being too tired to function. We’ve all been there. Contribute to Lifehack. 7 Traits of A Successful Blogger. You might think it doesn’t take much to be a successful blogger. I mean all you do is type some words, hit publish and wait for them to dazzle your audience, right? Well, it turns out there is a little more to being a successful blogger.

As a blogger and blog reader of three years, I have figured out a few things that set apart the blogs that make a splash (and maybe even some cash) from the ones that are real duds. Here are 7 common traits they share: 10 Things Successful People Do Differently. Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey. Steve Jobs. 10 Things Most Successful People Do At Night Before Sleep. 20 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People. 8 Not-So-Obvious Signs You’re Actually Doing Work You Love. 20 Tricks That Can Make Anyone An Excel Expert. After Microsoft developed Excel to the 2010 version, it offered more surprises than ever.

In order to deal with tons of big data, you can’t ignore the important role Excel plays in daily work. However, both for beginners and advanced users, there are still many useful tips and tricks that are inevitably overlooked. When You're In A Good Relationship, You Learn These 10 Things. I’d had serious relationships before meeting my fiance, with a couple lasting for years. I thought I was an adult; I thought I knew how to be a great girlfriend. Meeting someone I had a serious connection with taught me that nothing I had experienced before was real.

True love feels different than casual relationships – even if those relationships lasted for years (often well past their expiration date!). 15 Things You Don't Owe Anyone At All (Though You Think You Do) Many choices we make in life—ranging from what we do, to how we conduct ourselves, and who we interact with—are subject to prying questions and commentary from those around us. Family members, friends, and even total strangers, it often seems like everyone has an opinion on the things we do, no matter how small or insignificant those things might seem to us. 8 Common Novel Writing Mistakes Even Good Writers May Make. Let’s look at some common novel writing mistakes which any writer can make, no matter how many novels you’ve written. When I wrote my first novel, way back in the 1970s, a publisher bought it, and I thought I had it made. 7 Effective Ways To Quickly Improve Your Writing. Whether you’re writing a blog post, a short story, or an academic essay, you want to write as best you can.

No matter what your educational background may be, there are quick, painless tips to improve your writing. 1. Let other people read your writing and give feedback. 6 Tools to Help You Save Time Writing. 15 Habits That Will Make You A Better Writer. Writing is one of the great joys of life, but it can also be difficult, tedious, and full of frustration. Fifty (50!) Tools Which Can Help You in Writing.

The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors. Fifty Writing Tools: Quick List. Use this quick list of Writing Tools as a handy reference. Copy it and keep it in your wallet or journal, or near your desk or keyboard. Share it and add to it. I. Nuts and Bolts.