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Penelope Trunk Vs. Tim Ferriss: Ex-Lovers, Now Haters?

Thursday, January 15th, 2009
Posted in Debate by Joel Gross

Penelope Trunk: Professed Tim Feriss HaterPenelope Trunk, writer of the very popular blog Brazen Careerist, wrote a blog post about why she hates Tim Ferriss a week ago.‚  Tim Ferris is the author of the best-selling book “The Four Hour Work Week” and winner of Wired.com’s “Self Promotion Prize”.‚  Both of them are massively egotistical maniacs (MAMs).‚  Yes, I just invented a new acronym for a category of person that might include myself.

Back to the reason I am writing about this: I am shocked that Penelope Trunk came out on her blog saying that she hates Tim Ferriss.‚  Both of them are authors who’s target demographic is career-oriented people in their 20′s and share other interests (entrepreneurship, career advice, etc.).‚  Penelope and Tim have even been coworkers (Crown publishing).‚  So why does Penlope Trunk hate Tim Ferriss?

Trunk claims that she hates Ferriss for several not so clear reasons.‚  She says Tim Ferriss doesn’t respect people’s time, he supposedly spammed her blog, his ideas are just semantics and that he doesn’t truly appreciate connections with other people.

If you read between the lines, I think you will agree with my theory that Tim Ferriss hooked up with Penelope Trunk and then didn’t call her back so she is now enraged and hateful.

Tim Ferriss: Authored Four Hour WorkweekAs a regular reader of Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist blog, I have come to realize that she is an extremely unbalanced person.‚  Ms. Trunk’s most common theme in her blog posts is her struggle with overpowering emotions that dominate her life.‚  Penelope Trunk’s startup has been facing big difficulties and it sounds like no sane investor wants to give her any more cash.‚  She writes about her uncontrollable fits of sobbing and other severe emotional issues that have caused her and those around her much grief.

Even Penlope Trunk’s career advice is very poor: some things make sense, but a lot of what she says is either absolutely untrue or the ramblings of a crazy person.‚  For instance, in her most recent blog, Penelope Trunk claimed that women should cry at work.‚  Are you kidding me? Crying at work is a major intrusion of the private realm into the professional realm and causes your coworkers to lose respect for you.‚  If you have to cry, either go to the bathroom or just go home.‚  Uncontrolled bursts of emotion at work is a sign that you are unstable and dangerous.‚  People who lose their temper at colleagues usually are quickly fired.‚  The workplace needs to be professional so that everyone can be comfortable and not have their personal space violated.‚  I personally have had the extremely annoying experience of having to comfort a crying a colleague in a meeting- I hardly knew the person and had no desire to hear her voluminous explanations of her problems.

Tim Ferris on the other hand is a fairly respectable man.‚  I enjoyed reading his book “The Four Hour Workweek” and found many applicable principles for my life.‚  Ferris can definitely come across as a bit nuts sometimes, but for the most part his book, videos and other articles are professional, well-thought out and interesting.‚  Tim Ferriss has built a successful business with very healthy income and accomplished many of his goals including winning world recoreds in Tango dancing and winning the Chinese National Kickboxing Championship.‚  Tim Ferris’s book was a #1 bestseller on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal lists.‚  The man has been extremely successful, even though he is four years younger than Penelope Trunk.‚  Perhaps it’s just jealousy that led her to write how she hates Tim Ferriss.‚  Either way, she has just shown that she is a sad little person.

7 thoughts on “Penelope Trunk Vs. Tim Ferriss: Ex-Lovers, Now Haters?

  1. I agree – they could have hooked up in a previous life. And, I agree with your assessment of Penelope. But, you have to admit, her Blog is very entertaining. I follow her Blog simply because she reminds me of so many Women I know (sorry to all normal women). Anyway this article was very funny but also – “spot on”.

  2. Hooked up? No way! Tim could take a mangy dog off the streets of Vietnam, shave its ass, teach it to walk backwards and it would still look better than Penelope. Tim Rocks, plain and simple.

  3. awesome post. I do like both Tim Ferris blog and book as well as Penelope’s blog. I agree with everything you said but i find that some of penelope’s posts are pretty useful and at least drive you toward some action. I think the readers have to have enough intelligence to decipher it’s application in real life. I do like how honest she is about exposing her weaknesses and sometimes instability on her blog. Tim Ferris is great! a lot of applicable stuff in his book that my website implements. Reading his book definitely gets you off your butt. Although i doubt he ever works a real 4 hour work week with all the stuff he has going on.

  4. Hehe, love the theory. I just stumbled upon that blog post and didn’t quite got what happened. She did mention that they got coffee and he ‘tricked’ her. Got to say, the battle didn’t hurt their viewership. Brian socialpowerweb.com

  5. Fairly Fascinating post. Couldnt be written any much better. Reading this publish reminds me of my old room mate! He usually kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  6. She’s just yet another person hired by Tim Ferriss to promote his stuff, even under the guise of criticism. It’s just more word of mouth in a way, it stirs curiosity. There’s even a quite blatant way that authors like Tim Ferriss (perhaps even himself) promote their stuff with material that is supposedly detrimental, just search for “[some fad health product/course/book] scam”, or “whatever scam”, and you will find sometimes even a majority of sites purporting to be “exposing” the product in a third part review, but they take it very lightly all along and conclude with, “nah, I guess it’s pretty legit I guess, but I still don’t like because I’m a dork and I have no will power to follow this program”. Trunk vs Ferriss is just a more sophisticated version of this scheme.

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