Crossing Tim Ferriss Off My Bucket List

I had dinner with Tim Ferriss last week.


You know that whole thing parents have about living vicariously through our kids? It was due to them that this magical thing happened. You see, my oldest son won a cooking contest sponsored by Chef Steps and the prize was an awesome dinner at their Pike Place headquarters in Seattle with their crew and Ferriss. I’ll talk more about Chef Steps and the dinner later, but for now I’ll talk about meeting Ferriss.

I’ve been a huge Tim Ferriss fanboy for almost a decade since I first read The 4-Hour Workweek. Since then I’ve read his subsequent books, read all of his blog posts, watched his show The Tim Ferriss Experiment, and listen to his podcasts. I have other big heroes in the world of self-improvement, business, and entrepreneurship like Seth Godin and Malcolm Gladwell, but Ferriss is different. It’s his spirit of self-experimentation that really grabs me. It also doesn’t hurt that we share a lot of the same hobbies, many of which involve hurting people with guns, knives, or bare hands (but only if they really need it).

With all this fanboy crush built up over the years I was pretty nervous about meeting him. It wasn’t like I was gonna squeal, pass out, or throw my panties on stage or anything. It’s just that I wanted him to be really cool. I’ve met some celebs who are real douchebags in person. I’ve also met some who were way cooler in person than thought possible. There was Scott Harrison of Charity:Water who filmed a quick video for my son. Then there’s Seth Godin, who I haven’t met yet, but actually commented on my son’s blog and always returns e-mails.

Now there’s Tim Ferriss.


Let me tell you, he was very awesome at the dinner, like a perfectly normal guy who’s done some pretty amazing things, and is still really down to earth. Tim actually sat beside my 8yo son Benaiah at dinner and helped us watch the little guy to make sure he ate his veggies and tried at least a little bit from each course. Benaiah is  my quiet kid, but Tim talked him up quite a bit during the meal. Beyond that he was also very open about his projects, past and present, and answered anything we threw at him.

I do have to say that there was one thing in particular that impressed me about Tim the most. To my knowledge during dinner we only mentioned our baby girl Astrid by name one time, as she wasn’t there with us. Near the end of our conversations and prepping to leave, Tim asked about her by name. I have family members that can’t even remember her name and here’s this famous guy doing it.

To wrap up, let me state unequivocably that Tim Ferriss is a stand up guy in person as well as in his writings and speakings and such. If you’re not familiar with him, be sure to check him out. Before this dinner, I was a huge fan of his public persona. Now that I’ve met him in person, I can attest to a much higher level of expertise and credence with the things he’s done. He’s the real deal, and I’m really looking forward to his next projects. On that note I promise to not reveal anything secret he told us. You’ll just have to wait.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

PS…In case you didn’t know, Tim is the source for all of my blog disclaimers.



Tim Ferriss– Sign up for his blog, get his podcast, read his books, buy his show. I’d recommend you do it all. Drink the Kool-Aid and ask for more.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

Chef Steps– What I would call the absolute best place to learn cooking online (or anywhere else). I’m a huge fan of non-traditional education, and you should definitely consider their online classes before you ever consider a traditional culinary school.

Modernist Cuisine coauthored by Chef Chris Young, founder at Chef Steps

Scott Harrison video for my son

Kissing Life Hello with the Aloha Team

I wanted to take a minute to tell you about a new opportunity that I’m pursuing as a member of the advisory board for Aloha. I was recently named a product ambassador and became a member of the Aloha team of doctors, nutritionists, and health and wellness experts.


Various product ambassador and advisory positions are actually something I’ve sought out in recent years. It’s very similar to the way in which professional athletes are sponsored by companies to wear their clothes and use their equipment. The main difference is that my sponsorships are based on my total lifestyle rather than just a specific sport or event. I seek out companies that can contribute to this crazy life of mine that combines travel, adventure, fitness and nutrition, and, most of all, family.


Take a minute and glance through the Aloha website. Their products are great tasting, but one of the factors I enjoyed most is the portability. We love our smoothies for proper nutritional balance and Aloha makes it easy to carry on a trip.

If you do decide to buy something, use my promo code for a 20% discount. It’s “DrDave”.

If you don’t buy anything, I’d still suggest signing up for the newsletter. It’s not just all about their products. Instead, they’re constantly posting healthy recipes we all wish we knew were out there, like the 4 Ingredient Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Bites.

I hope you enjoy what you find on their website. If you ever have any questions to ask about their products or how my family uses them, feel free to ask me or them. I’d like to also thank Aloha for this opportunity to be a part of their team.

If brand ambassadorships and sponsors are something you feel would enhance your professional endeavors as an athlete, celebrity, or guru, my team just published a book on how to create a publicity packet, which is kind of your first step in that game. You can find that HERE.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

Where is the Tipping Point for Cleveland TN?

I’m pretty sure most of you have never heard of the small town of Cleveland. It’s located in east Tennessee near the larger town of Chattanooga. It’s a beautiful place that’s typical of awesome Southern small towns. Unfortunately, it’s a small town with really big problems.

Since I moved to Chattanooga a few months ago, I’ve seen in the paper almost every day some new calamity in that small town of almost 43,000 people. It’s ranged from police chiefs relieved of command, law enforcement related sex scandals, a cemetery that is leaking human remains in the walking areas, and now something else. In today’s paper was an article about a sex scandal involving a firefighter.

It’s so bad that part of the article included this little recap…

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I’ve written the city council and town manager to express an offer to assist them with training. They’re hiring a new police chief soon, and I wanted to serve them by helping the new chief create a new culture in the department, something that is drastically needed to make change. The old culture there has apparently fostered a lot of small problems that snowballed into huge ones, like the sex scandals.

Occasional problems can happen anywhere but this many big problems express something much larger and way more dangerous. If you have any doubt about that, just do a websearch for “Atlantic Beach SC” and look at a few articles from the past decade. I grew up near there and can attest to the slow demise of that town.

Cleveland has apparently dove headlong into a problem pattern most often written about by popular business authors. Just a glance at some of Jim Collins’ book titles show this with Good to Great, Built to Last, and How the Mighty Fall. The one I’m concerned with most is Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point.

To sum it up quickly, I rely upon the book’s explanation from Gladwell’s website…

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate.

It would appear as if Cleveland has already passed the tipping point, as the problems have infiltrated various areas of the city and not just one government department. As Gladwell’s book points out, it’s possible to come back, but not without targeted effort, massive change, and help from people like me. I guess it’s up to the leaders and citizens of Cleveland to decide if it’s worth it.

How about you? Do any of you work somewhere that you can see the tipping point in action? I’d love to hear from you about it.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

PS…Here’s the rest of today’s article for your enjoyment. What I really want you to pay attention to are the comments and reactions from local politicians.

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Are Colleges Inflating Their Job Placement Stats? (New School MBA)

Are colleges inflating their job placement stats? Of course they are. As I’m sure many student services professionals would attest, the stats they keep and/or report don’t tell the whole story.

What kind of a job counts? If 100% of MBA graduates are employed at fast food eateries, is that 100% placement?

How long are they at the job? Do they have to be employed for 1 week, 1 month, or 1 year for it to count?

Successfully staying on welfare and unemployment takes fulltime hours. Does that count as a job for the placement stats? After all, wouldn’t ‘gaming the system’ be a suitable life lesson to learn in college?

Case in point, as Corinthian Colleges folds and thousands of students ask for Federal relief of their student loans, they claim that they should not be held accountable for their poor choice of schools and the fact that they applied for a loan in the first place. Since the government was involved in the loans for a for-profit school, the freelance students claim the government owes them.

I like that term ‘freelance student’. I may use that again. It could be a new term for a lifelong student without a home school, a student who keeps going back for that next degree so they can postpone student loan payments, or perhaps even a student between schools.

Meanwhile the Feds are trying to crack down on for-profit schools and their job placement stats for misleading students who aren’t smart enough to read between the lines. I guess state sponsored schools are somehow exempt from this crackdown. It would almost appear as if the Feds are simply going after the schools that they can’t keep under their thumb with tax funding.

I have a solution for the whole mess. I propose new mandatory job placement verbiage for all schools, from high school on up to grad schools…

Your chances of job placement are up to you. Despite your degree and the thousands of dollars you’ve given to us, you may not get a job when you graduate. If you do, it might be at McDonald’s or it could be at a fancy law firm or doctor’s office. Really, it’s up to you. We have students working at each of those. Another thing to note is that no matter what your degree is in, unless you’re a doctor or lawyer, it doesn’t really matter what your major is. Our official job placement percentage varies from year to year and the best we can sum it up is by admitting that we do our best but really don’t have a clue.

At this point in the school catalog, they should publish profiles of successful graduates who have done well, a few profiles of graduates who are homeless or unemployed or in jail, and a few former students who dropped out and became billionaire entrepreneurs.

Now that would be truth in advertising.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

Time to Erase Those Closet Skeletons

We all have ghosts in our past and skeletons in our closets. We all do. Maybe it’s time to make some new memories and overwrite those old ones.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

Image courtesy of Batwoman #37 from DC Comics

Customer Satisfaction is a Pain

I saw this milk sign at a convenience store in Connecticut. It does what most ads do and makes the milk look yummy and inviting. It also pissed me off, because the company revealed more than they probably should have. I wrote about a similar topic yesterday with Cirrus aircraft. I’ve also written about it concerning hiring trained killers as construction workers.

Milk-No Artificial Hormones

You have got to be careful what you say and how you say it. Check out the red box in the middle with Bessie the cow hovering over it like a guard dog.

“Hood Farmers’ Pledge- No Artificial Growth Hormones”

That sounds good right. Haven’t we had enough with artificial growth hormones? Aren’t we tired of forcing little kids to guzzle milk in grade school and watching them develop weird before they even hit puberty? I mean, do I really even need to go into all the dangers of growth hormones in our food sources?

Great job Hood Farmers, but you should have stopped there. You kept going with…

“*To satisfy our consumers”

Ouch! It’s like they just said, “We don’t really give a crap what it takes to grow big cows that produce more milk than they really should. We don’t care what the effects are on your kids. But since you forced us and said you’d boycott our products if we didn’t remove the hormones, we’ll do it for you. But we won’t like it. But we’ll do it.”

They just couldn’t fit all that on the label.

I’m sure (well, at least I’m hoping) that this isn’t what they meant. Do you ever do this in your business? The whole saying something that sounds good, putting lots of money into marketing it or printing it, and then wishing someone would have said, “You know what? That could be misconstrued.” Keep an eye out for that.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!