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MDNA Celebrity Profile: Tim Ferriss (4 Hour Workweek/Body/Chef) – UCD

Please note that these are unofficial profiles only and have not been verified. Description is only based upon public information and may represent either primary or secondary MDNA profiles. This profile is intended for educational purposes only to demonstrate the possibilities of MDNA for those that have been personally assessed.

Tim Ferriss


UCD (Unyielding Conviction & Design)

According to his blog, Timothy Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index for 2012. He is an angel investor/advisor (Facebook, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more) and author of the following books:

  • The 4-Hour Workweek – Sold into 35+ languages, #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller.
  • The 4-Hour Body – #1 New York Times bestseller.
  • The 4-Hour Chef – #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller; winner of a Gourmand “Best in the World” Award at the 18th Annual Paris Cookbook Awards.

We have profiled Ferriss as a UCD based upon his impressive body of accomplishments. The UCD is known for researching and developing innovative paradigms. This is because the UCD absolutely must explore and develop unyielding convictions of how the world works based upon universal principles. The UCD is also known to be black and white when it comes to traditional and institutional approaches to just about anything. Tim Ferriss takes all of this to a whole new level for massive success.

The UCD is also fearless when it comes to frontloading any investment even if it means paying a personal cost through self-experimentation. Ferriss is well known for experimentation of his theories on himself. As a UCD, he is a “hacker” and has the natural ability to move from chaos to simplified clarity. This is evident in the frameworks he presents through his work and his abilities as a highly-sought advisor to some of the world’s most prominent companies.

Just like any UCD presenting an innovative paradigm with unyielding conviction, Ferriss attracts the full gamut of public reaction. According to interviews, this UCD inspires everything from adulation to horror. Some sources claim he is a genius and “digital Kerouac.” While others accuse him to be a huckster and “the white horse of the apocalypse.”

Here is a quote from Ferriss about success and fulfillment. If you are a UCD, you’ll immediately get it. If you’re not a UCD, this perfectly captures the blunt and cranky essence of this MDNA Profile.

“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.”


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