Tim Ferriss – Modern Stoic
Tim Ferriss is the well-known author of The 4-Hour Workweek, (and The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef and Tools of Titans), host of the excellent podcast The Tim Ferriss Show, and a self-confessed human guinea pig.
Being a strong proponent of Stoicism, Tim’s experiments are often inspired by the thinking of ancient Stoics like Seneca The Younger and Cato.
Cato, for example, would often wear clothing that was very much out of fashion, and sometimes even venture outside without shoes or a tunic.
The purpose of this was effectively to accustom himself to the negative opinions of others. In doing so, he would only feel shame or embarrassment when it was truly warranted.
Drawing inspiration from this, Tim sometimes walks around San Francisco in a cowboy hat and once wore his “hideous party pants” in Utah.
“The more you sweat in peace time, the less you bleed in war time,” says Tim.
Check out the video below for more of Tim’s thinking behind these experiments and other practical advice on how to apply Stoicism to your life!