On the Rules of Writing

1. Religiously learn all the writing rules. They’re out there–just look them up.

2. Write them down, preferably by hand. In the very least, print them out.

3. Take those pieces of paper and put them in a fire-proof container, preferably outdoors.

4. Squirt liberal amounts of lighter fluid into said container.

…you can figure out the rest.

Now go create something we’ve never read before.

Review: The Four-Hour Workweek


A manual on how to be Tim Ferriss.

And let’s face it, not everyone wants to be Tim Ferriss. Probably not even a lot of people, really. (Though you wouldn’t know it from his sales figures.)

So, unless you happen to be Tim reading this (what’s up, Tim?), there will be great scads of the book that you don’t feel apply to you.

Here’s the key: those sections will be different for each person. Perhaps you want to find a niche market and put your income on autopilot, so that section will be very useful to you, but you have no interest in mini-retirement vacations, so that part you will skim. Or vice versa.

The only person who wants to be exactly Tim Ferriss is Tim Ferriss. So this book is guaranteed to be disappointing, in at least one respect, to YOU. Get it?

(Again… unless you’re Tim. Don’t you have better things to do, man??)

Does that mean you can’t learn anything here? Of course not. There‘s probably at least one thing that Tim Ferriss does (or conceives) better than you.

For my part, I found plenty.

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