What’s the worst that can happen?

Last I checked I really didn’t like Tim Ferriss. Three things intertwine within this post.

  1. I’m warming up to Mr. Ferriss by giving him a second chance. Let’s not assume you get one.
  2. Perhaps determination was perceived as arrogance because I wasn’t engaged or paying enough attention to something deeper than my then current state of mind. Where else has this happened?
  3. Setting a record breaking pace is not likely the most efficient way to produce results. “Patience young grasshopper” is pretty good advice.

I was told that short blog posts were important if you want to keep readers engaged. See number 2 above.

This post stems from a sixteen minute video on TED, one of the better content sites out there in my opinion. Here is what got this started: Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything. This video along with many I’ve seen on TED blazes by and does not leave much time to analyze or digest what you’ve taken in. I find that many of them require multiple viewings or at least a glass of wine and some time to think.

Alright, to expand on the thoughts rolling around upstairs. I saw Mr. Ferriss at a trade show last year and walked out of his speech about 5 minutes into it. Why? He was unbelievably arrogant. So what if he’s done X and Y, he could be more humble about it. Arrogant people suck. That’s been my opinion of him for a while now, until tonight. While he may still come across as arrogant in this video, I have to admire what he has done and the determination he employed to reach his goals. More than likely it is envy on my part that he can focus, deconstruct and rebuilt successfully in a short attention span world. Telling someone that you know six languages fluently and that you have a world record in ball room dancing is going to come off as arrogant in my book no matter how you spin it, until the time is taken to contemplate how much work must have gone into achieving those results. It isn’t like he boastfully said he had a different car for each day of the week knowing full-well that daddy’s trust fund paid for them. In short, I wrote him off as an arrogant jerk and am happy to watch the video and receive some inspiration rather then irritation. While your first impression is nearly always the lasting impression, note that it is possible to warm up and change the way you are perceived.

Lastly, none of these accomplishments happened overnight but required focus and efficiency.Taking on a million projects and trying to get to the finish line as fast as possible has been fun on many occasions, but as he has accomplished his goals (or perhaps as I get older) the reality of the situation is that patience, determination and focused effort will (and does) yield far more steady and significant results. Determine the problem or fear, break it down and figure out its components, seek guidance from experts, devise a plan, execute and complete the project and enjoy your success. A slow motion approach may not help if you are trying to put out a fire, but when trying to fix, improve and build, it makes a lot of sense.

I’m not his pitch-man and merely wrote the post to clear my mind and share the TED website as I’d hope others would enjoy and recieve valuable knowledge.