If you're like me, you're a tad skeptical of Tim Ferriss. Could it be that we're jealous? After all, he's barely 35 years old and speaks five languages, holds a degree from Princeton, and has made tons of money as an Internet entrepreneur. His lifestyle book The Four Hour Work Week raked in millions, as did his diet book The Four Hour Body. (Perhaps even more irritating is the fact that while doctors have called Ferriss a fitness fraud because of the methods in The Four Hour Body, yours truly knows several people who have actually lost weight and kept it off using Ferriss' book.)
Although this author finds Ferriss to be a tad dubious, I do read his blog regularly. Why? Because Ferriss has a winning attitude towards business, money, and life. There is no whining in any form in his posts. Want to get fit? Cool. Pick up a kettlebell and get swinging. Want to talk to a celebrity? Nice. E-mail said famous person and start a conversation. Ferriss' outlook is always simple: find ways to get the job done, be persistent, and stay positive. Not only that, Ferriss champions several important causes, using his own money to give back and inspiring others to do the same.
Ferriss' newest cause is one that all of us should be participating in. His most recent blog post asks readers to part with a little cash -- temporarily -- to send kids in developing nations to school. What do I mean by temporarily? I mean that your money is given in the form of a loan, not a donation. By partnering with Vittana, an organization with 99.8% repayment rate, your cash takes the form of a helping hand, not a handout. That's right. Unless you prefer to make a donation, your money comes back to you when the loan is repayed. Either way, you're supporting a great cause by sending a kid to school. You can even choose which student you prefer to fund.