Top 3 Things to Transform Your MBA Career, Tim Ferriss-style

Tim Ferriss speaking in San Francisco / CC BY-NC 2.0

by: Grayson Leverenz

I just finished listening to the audio version of Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated. After spouting off about my desire to create a virtual life where “I can go anywhere in the world and still get paid,” my success coach, Daniel Olson, introduced me to the 4HWW. I’ve read the book 3 times cover-to-cover since then, and pulled it off the reference shelf countless other times.

I highly recommend this book for MBAs aspiring to the corporate boardroom as well as dedicated entrepreneurs. It teaches you how to work smarter, and how to accomplish more than you ever imagined possible.

Here are the top 3 things I learned from Tim Ferriss that will transform your MBA career: 

3. Batch your work, and free your time.
One of Tim’s biggest lessons is the idea of outsourcing every bit of work possible; he touts outsourcing in just about every situation from work tasks to your love life. I’m experimenting with outsourcing now, but that’s a post for another day.

Here, I’d like to highlight the unsung practice of batching work. Rather than succumbing to distractions as they pop up (e.g. emails, phone calls), Tim recommends batching tasks and remaining fully engaged until completion. This practical idea will change your life as an MBA, freeing up more time to do what you love.

Try it for one week.

Batch your emails, and answer them twice a day. Dedicate a piece of your day to classes, a piece to deliverables, and a piece to the job search. The rest is open for you to enjoy with your friends and family.   

2. Read like a speed demon, and skyrocket to MBA nerd fame.
In addition to being a world-class Argentine tango dancer, a mixed martial arts ninja, and a best selling author, Tim is a master of speed reading. *gush*

I remember being buried under piles of reading during my MBA. You all know I’m a nerd, and I devour every bit of learning possible. But, I always found it hard to keep up during school, even with English as my first language! Imagine mastering speed reading; it would change your life during school and beyond.

Check out this post on Tim’s blog: Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes.

1. Dream big, and don’t be afraid to fail.
I like to consider myself a cheerleader for all the International students out there struggling to succeed in a new country and have some fun along the way. If I am the cheerleader for International students, Tim Ferriss is the cheerleader for all students of life.

His book encourages you to take the big risks to reap the highest rewards, a goal MBAs can definitely relate to. Not only that, he gives you step-by-step instructions to succeed in your personal life as well as your professional life.

The world belongs to those that embrace it with every fiber of their being. Let’s go have some fun.


Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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