The New Yorker has described Ferriss as this generation's self-help guru, comparing him to personalities of similar influence in earlier times, such as Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, Stephen Covey, and Spencer Johnson.His projects and donations have raised more than 0,000 for underfunded public school teachers and classroom projects, and his campaigns, such as dedicating his birthday to raising funds and heading Lit Liberation to increase literacy worldwide, have impacted more than 60,000 students.We often call these individuals toxic people, and if you want to be successful, you need to maintain emotional and professional distance from them.
What’s worse, some can do this without you ever realizing it, creating atmosphere of strife, complexity, and stress in your life and workplace.
Here is what I say to product folks who tell me they don’t have the time to blog: If you are in the Internet industry and you don’t have time to blog about your product then you should quit. Your competitors are blogging about their products and talking to the market, and there is no way to compete if you don’t engage the discussion. You can’t compete in the web-development space without a blog any more.
So, by not blogging you basically are giving up and telling the market that you don’t care.
Self-help guru, Tim Ferriss, once said that “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” It’s a touch Machiavellian to choose your friends based solely on how useful they’ll be in achieving your goals. He’s saying that, when we consider the people we spend time with, we need to choose people who inspire us rather than people who hold us back.
The people in this latter category—the ones who hold us back—are numerous.