Outrageous Lifestyle Design Advice from Tim Ferriss

Read Fiction

Ralph Carlson Blog discusses outrageous retirement and lifestyle design but I’m a late adopter and still struggling to keep my footing in this new world of adventure and daring.  One of the role models is Tim Ferriss who- at least from my knowledge- invented the whole concept of lifestyle design.  I’m not in Tim’s league and I don’t want my lifestyle design to be an imitation of Tim’s.  What I aspire to match is the take no prisoners commitment that he invests in his goals and the set no limits mindset that defines his targets.

Tim Ferriss marches to his own drummer.

One thing that you notice is that Tim-unlike most other self-help gurus- doesn’t give you a big non-fiction reading list.  In fact he suggests not wasting your time on reading.  I’m not going to challenge him about that and I’m not giving advice.  What I will say is that I think Tim isn’t the typical human being and so mere mortals will perhaps need some help that Tim doesn’t.  Leaving that topic alone and going back to Tim’s advice.  He suggests reading fiction- the bane of the self-help gurus.

What fiction does the lifestyle design guru  recommend?

Larger than life

Dune by Frank Herbert will stretch your thinking

I won’t water down his suggestions with my interpretation.  I suggest that you get the story straight from Tim himself by reading The best fiction reads for lifestyle designers or would be lifestyle designers.  Tim might call you the adventure starved masses.  You won’t be sorry.  Put yourself in these stories of challenge and transformation and let your imagination soar.  Then get back in the trenches and create your own outrageous lifestyle design.


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  • Crystall April 12, 2012, 4:03 am

    Tim Ferris is very inspirational person and as I read this post, I am very motivated to continue life and make a change…
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    • Ralph April 12, 2012, 10:15 am

      And don’t forget, Crystall, that Tim says to read your fiction.

  • Hansi April 13, 2012, 6:30 am

    Interesting recommendations for reading. Have read a few of em.
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    • Ralph April 13, 2012, 6:42 am

      Me too but I always thought of them as fantasy, and not role models.

  • Tobias Wagner April 24, 2012, 9:15 am

    Dune ))) That was my first strategy game on SEGA.
    Thank for sharing the link.
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    • Ralph April 27, 2012, 2:59 pm

      Tobias. I had no idea that Dune was a video game too. It does make sense and maybe video games are good for entrepreneurs as well. What is your experience?

  • Annuities April 26, 2012, 1:52 am

    Good to know that Tim Ferriss is getting some chatter here. He’s been a good friend and an inspiration to my family.

    • Ralph April 27, 2012, 2:57 pm

      Tim has been an inspiration to me as well. Thanks for dropping by.

  • Colt May 10, 2012, 10:24 am

    I’m a HUGE fan of Tim Ferris and his concept of lifestyle design. I just finished reading “The 4 Hour Workweek” and it has done wonders for my life already. Thanks for blogging about such a great topic!

    • Ralph May 10, 2012, 10:58 am

      Thanks for the comment. Tim is certainly an inspiration to everybody with pedestrian ideas and expectations. I’m trying to break myself free and I think these days, you don’t have any choice.

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