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#548: The Lost Presentation That Launched The 4-Hour Workweek — “Secrets of Doing More with Less in a Digital World” from SXSW 2007

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The Lost Presentation That Launched The 4-Hour Workweek — “Secrets of Doing More with Less in a Digital World” From SXSW 2007 | Brought to you by “5-Bullet Friday,” my very own email newsletter. More on it below.

Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to deconstruct world-class performers to tease out the routines, habits, et cetera that you can apply to your own life. 

This is a special episode, which features my very first speech at SXSW in March of 2007! I didn’t know that a recording existed, and it was a great surprise when Cal Newport, author of Deep Work and writer for The New Yorker sent it to me. 

He used it as part of his research for a recent article that was published in The New Yorker, which is titled “Revisiting The 4-Hour Workweek: How Tim Ferriss’s 2007 manifesto anticipated our current moment of professional upheaval.” 

And the 2007 SXSW speech was really the event that put everything into high gear. Influential tech bloggers who had heard about the SXSW talk wrote about The 4-Hour Workweek, which put it on the radar of bigger media outlets. Eventually, the book made it onto The New York Times Best Sellers list, where it stayed, more or less, for the next seven years. It’s been a wild ride. 

One last thing: Hugh Forrest, if you’re listening, thank you again for giving me a shot way back in the day! 

Please enjoy!

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Episode 548

by Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, Human Guinea Pig