Is Lifestyle Design a Scam?
Lifestyle Design has exploded into pop culture at an astonishing rate. Ever since Tim Ferriss coined the term in “The Four Hour Work Week”, the sheer number of bloggers and self proclaimed experts on the subject have grown exponentially. While the posts, explanations, and success stories can be downright inspirational and exciting, these theories and lifestyle design experiments have not been tested long term. It seems that almost every day there are new lifestyle design bloggers regurgitating the same location independence ideas and living off passive income shtick. They parade as experts on living the life they want to live and want to sell you their method on how to do it. There are too many eBooks and information products; Too many gimmicks, limited time offers, and expiring deals. It even seems that the way many bloggers make money is from selling an information product on “How to make money from blogging”. It’s obvious that trend can’t last. As the numerous information products saturate an already oversaturated market, the promise of easy money becomes less and less a reality. As the bubble builds, the only way out is innovation and differentiation. Yet, the Lifestyle design, Life hacking, and Life coaching terms get thrown around so much they almost lose their meaning. Countless cookie cutter blogs come and go. JD Bentley talks about this here. As RSS feed overload and twitter burnout set in, you are asked time and time against to subscribe to this and subscribe to that. It can be hard to tell what’s real anymore. Is Lifestyle design a scam? It can be. However, there are numerous incredible individuals out there succeeding in actualizing their ideal life. As the lifestyle design bubble builds, the genuine bloggers, success stories, and ideas will be here to stay, while the gimmicks, lies, false hopes and bullshit will be left in the dust.
Is Lifestyle Design making you sick?
Sometimes the sheer amount of get rich quick BS can make me sick to my stomach. Are there people who have rocked out, gotten rich, and have been successful? Absolutely. There’s Yaro Starak, Darren Rowse, Tim Ferriss, Ramit Sethi, Karol Gajda and Glenn Allsopp just to name a few. Was it easy? No, it took hard work and dedication just like being successful at a real job takes, yet on their own terms in their own way.
Is Tim Ferriss a Scam?
He doesn’t work four hour work weeks. Is this a Tim Ferriss Scam? His book simplifies lifestyle design and makes the concepts seem unrealistically attainable. And therein lies the beauty in all of it. He simplifies the concepts enough to make masses of people to make an attempt at Lifestyle Design. The ideas are shockingly amazing and the concepts ground shaking. Sure, you can criticize and say that Tim Ferriss romanticizes this new rich lifestyle making it seem easier than it really is. While he does, you cannot discount his ideas because of this. He brings mind boggling and life altering concepts down to earth and makes them seem an easily attainable reality. It is not easy to create multiple passive income streams and outsource your life in order to live anywhere. The benefit of Tim Ferriss making us believe this, is that we attempt and try to do it in our own way. If his book was written with a “This is extremely difficult, and only an elite few can pull it off” approach”, it wouldn’t have been a bestseller, resonated with masses, or spawned a revolution.
I feel that there will be a day of reckoning when the bubble will burst and many lifestyle design blogs will fail. I hope not to be part of that failure. I don’t know what the future holds, but I will work my ass off to try and succeed. Do I know when the bubble will burst? No, but I believe that when it does, it will begin the dawn of a new era in Lifestyle Design. From the trials and tribulations, much wisdom will be acquired as the community grows and matures. Is Lifestyle design a fad? Definitely not. It’s here to stay. The revolution has begun.
Every single day I’m inspired by other Lifestyle design bloggers, and my mind is blown by the sheer awesomeness and content that the community produces. However, we can’t lie to ourselves or allow our truth and substance to be lost. Don’t stop trying. Don’t stop doing. Just be real. Be honest and keep rocking out everyone. The whole world depends on it!