Scribd’s newest Read For A Cause curator, Tim Ferriss does not like “normal.” In his two New York Times bestselling books, 4-Hour Workweek and 4-Hour Body Ferriss decries the traditional 9-to-5 workday and modern technology obsessions, emphasizing interpersonal connection instead. Fittingly, Ferriss’ no nonsense approach to living a meaningful life carries into his reading habits.
For his Read For A Cause collection, Ferriss chose inspirational titles ranging from a Vagabonding book about taking time off from your normal life to his friend Jason Fried’s book about “Getting Real” and realizing big ideas quickly. When asked why he’s Reading For A Cause, the Twitter investor and Wired Magazine’s “Greatest Self-Promoter of All Time” is refreshingly gestalt in his answer:
“Because becoming a reader is becoming a member of society. When you read, you can participate.”
Participating in life is perhaps the best way to summarize Ferriss’ everyday approach. Between tango spinning his way into the Guinness Book of World Record on Live! With Regis and Kelly and being named a 2009 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, Tim Ferriss practices what he preaches and reads, doing anything but living a “deferred life.”
-Kathleen Fitzgerald, Senior Marketing Manager (currently reading “Harvard Graduation Speech by Conan O’Brien”)