Tim Ferriss is, in my mind, a moderately interesting self-help guru in the Tony Robbins mode. But just as Robbins can sometimes be a man of interesting ideas (when you get past the shorts and those headset microphones all self-help life-coaches are required to wear), Ferriss also has some curious techniques for ‘hacking’ life. He seems to take a sort of meta view of tasks and is able to break them down into component parts, which he then masters very quickly.
Many people think he’s a hoax, or self-obsessed ‘winner,’ but I’ve read one of his books and found it fairly useful. Here’s an interview I read with him on Boing Boing.