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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; First Edition edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307353133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307353139
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,077 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador. This will be huge."-Jack CanfieldCo-creator of "Chicken Soup for the Soul(R)," 100+ million copies sold "This is a whole new ball game. Highly recommended."-Dr. Stewart D. FriedmanAdviser to Jack Welch and Former Vice President Al Gore on Work/Family IssuesDirector of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania "Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life, it's all here. Whether you're a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, thisbook will change your life!"-Phil Town#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of "Rule #1 ""The 4-Hour Workweek is a new way of solving a very old problem: just how can we work to live and prevent our lives from being all about work? A world of infinite options awaits those who would read this book and be inspired by it!" -Michael E. Gerber Founder & Chairman of E-Myth Worldwide and the World's #1 Small Business Guru "Timothy has packed more lives into his 29 years than Steve Jobs has in his 51."-Tom ForemskiJournalist and Publisher of SiliconValleyWatcher.com "Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I have more time in my life to travel, spend time with family and write book blurbs. This is a dazzling and highly usefulwork."-A.J. JacobsEditor-at-Large, Esquire Magazine, Author of "The Know-It-All ""If you want to live life on your own terms, this is your blueprint."-Mike MaplesCo-founder of Motive Communications (IPO to $260M market cap), Founding Executive of Tivoli (sold to IBM for $750M)"Tim is Indiana Jones for the digital age. I've already used his advice to go spearfishing on remote islands and ski the best hidden slopes of Argentina. Simply put, do what he says and you can live like a millionaire." "-"Albert PopeDerivatives Trading," "UBS World Headquarters "This engaging book makes you ask the most important question that you will ever face: What exactly is it that you want out of work and life, and why? Tim Ferriss is a master of getting more for less, often with the help of people he doesn't even know, and here he gives away his secrets for fulfilling your dreams."-Bo BurlinghamEditor-at-Large, "Inc." magazineAuthor of "Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big ""Reading this book is like putting a few zeros on your income. Tim brings lifestyle to a new level-listen to him!"-Michael D. KerlinMcKinsey & Company Consultant to Bush-Clinton Katrina FundJ. William Fulbright Scholar" ""Part scientist and part adventure hunter, Tim Ferriss has created a road map for an entirely new world. I devoured this book in one sitting-I have seen nothing like it."-Charles L. BrockChairman and CEO, Brock Capital GroupFormer CFO, COO, and General Counsel, Scholastic, Inc.Former President, Harvard Law School Association "Outsourcing is no longer just for Fortune 500 companies. Small and mid-sized firms, as well as busy professionals, can outsource their work to increase their productivity and free time for more important commitments. It's time for the world to take advantage of this revolution."-Vivek Kulkarni CEO Brickwork India and former IT Secretary, BangaloreCredited as the"techno-bureaucrat" who helped make Bangalore an IT destination in India "Tim is the master! I should know. I followed his rags to riches path and watched him transform himself from competitive fighter to entrepreneur. He tears apart conventional assumptions until he finds a better way." -Dan PartlandEmmy Award-Winning Producer"; American High, Welcome to the Dollhouse """The 4-Hour Workweek" is an absolute necessity for those adventurous souls who want to live life to its fullest. Buy it and read it before you sacrifice any more!"-John LuskGroup Product Manager, Microsoft World Headquarters "If you want to live your dreams now, and not in 20 or 30 years, buy this book!"-Laura Roden Chairman of the Silicon Valley Association of Start-up EntrepreneursLecturer in Corporate Finance, San Jose State University "With this kind of time management and focus on the important things in life, people should be able to get 15 times as much done in a normal work week."-Tim DraperFounder, Draper Fisher JurvetsonFinanciers to innovators including Hotmail, Skype, and Overture.com "Tim Ferriss's book is about gaining the courage to streamline your life... But even more than that, it challenges the reader to seriously consider an essential-yet rarely asked-question: What do you really want from life?"-Rolf PottsAuthor of "Vagabonding" and Travel Columnist for Yahoo! News "Tim has done what most people only dream of doing. I can't believe he is going to let his secrets out of the bag. This book is a must read!"""-Stephen KeyTop Inventor and Team Designer of Teddy Ruxpin, Lazer TagConsultant to "American Inventor" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

TIMOTHY FERRISS is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and angel investor/advisor (Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more).  Best known for his rapid-learning techniques, Tim's books -- The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef -- have been published in 30+ languages. The 4-Hour Workweek has spent seven years on The New York Times bestseller list. Tim has been featured by more than 100 media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Outside, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and CNN. He has guest lectured in entrepreneurship at Princeton University since 2003. His popular blog www.fourhourblog.com has 1M+ monthly readers, and his Twitter account @tferriss was selected by Mashable as one of only five “Must-Follow” accounts for entrepreneurs. Tim’s primetime TV show, The Tim Ferriss Experiment (www.upwave.com/tfx), teaches rapid-learning techniques for helping viewers to produce seemingly superhuman results in minimum time.


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TIMOTHY FERRISS is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and angel investor/advisor (Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more). Best known for his rapid-learning techniques, Tim's books -- The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef -- have been published in 30+ languages. The 4-Hour Workweek has spent seven years on The New York Times bestseller list. Tim has been featured by more than 100 media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Outside, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and CNN. He has guest lectured in entrepreneurship at Princeton University since 2003. His popular blog www.fourhourblog.com has 1M+ monthly readers, and his Twitter account @tferriss was selected by Mashable as one of only five "Must-Follow" accounts for entrepreneurs. Tim's primetime TV show, The Tim Ferriss Experiment (www.upwave.com/tfx), teaches rapid-learning techniques for helping viewers to produce seemingly superhuman results in minimum time.

Customer Reviews

This book is excellent and well written, but very easy reading.
Rachelle Magwood
Tim Ferriss' new book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich isn't for everyone but I thought he made some really good points.
Stormy
This book truly changed my life, my perspective on my business and the way in which I do things.
Justin Hertz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3,375 of 3,594 people found the following review helpful By Student on June 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Well,

Where to begin? I actually had fun reading this book, to be honest. It is, if nothing else, a bit inspirational and motivational. To the author's credit he has (and I have emphasized this before) come up with a catchy title and gimick to sell you a book--good for him. What's inside, though, are things that you can find better handled by other authors in other books.

In the first part of the book one can't help notice what a great guy the author is. We notice this becasuse he tells us. We are to believe that he has gone through the Hero's Journey and back again before his late 20's. Now, dear reader, he has distilled the fruits of his vast experience and wisdom into this little gem. Read it, and you will never have to work again. Just be sure to purchase with the 8 minute ab workout.

We get a lesson on the Pareto Principle. If you have never heard of the Pareto Priciple before (otherwise known as the 80/20 rule) you should go back to junior high. BTW, Brian Tracy has discussed this principle and its implications ad nauseum. The author would have us believe that he personally redicovered in some forgotton tome (probably while motorcycle kung-fu rock climbing in Bora Bora--between kendo lessons) and was just about the first to ever apply it to his life.

Later in the book we get some basic info (all easily found in more detail in other books) about starting a web business, outsourcing your workload, etc.

I can appreciate some of this as I had a web business for several years. This section of the book is an interesting read, but little more. If anything, maybe it will inspire someone else to get started on their own enterprise. And that's perfectly fine. If the author accomplishes this, then good.
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581 of 629 people found the following review helpful By Nuwire Inc. on June 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ultimately I enjoyed the first half of Timothy Ferriss' book The 4-Hour Work Week. It challenged me to evaluate my perspective on the cost and availability of my own dreams. However I couldn't help getting the self-promotion stomach pangs while I read it. Hopefully you'll be able to look past that and enjoy the book for what it is: a challenge to the way we as Americans think of retirement and money.

The first 70 to 90 pages of the book are extremely engaging and well worth the price of the book. After that the book turns into a "lifestyle-for-dummies" book on setting up a shell company to sell someone else's products. Although I find it noble that Ferriss is attempting to give people pragmatic steps for implementing his "New Rich" lifestyle, I also find his suggestions impractical for two reasons:

* His business ideas rely on tiny, niche audiences. This works well unless his book becomes a best seller and many people decide they want to do the same thing (can you say, We Buy Ugly Houses?). Anyone who figures out how to make 5 or 10 times their money on a product that they exert little effort to produce will quickly find competition popping out of the woodwork.

* His business ideas are not sustainable. They rely on marketing strategies and promotions that have to work forever without any change to profitability or response rates, in order to maintain the "4-hour work week" lifestyle. In my experience the market is fickle and changes frequently, especially as it relates to the internet and online marketing.

I can't help but think that the entire "New Rich" concept is a branding ploy to roll out a series of self-help seminars. Let's hope not.
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625 of 687 people found the following review helpful By John K on May 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
First, I have to say that I was very enthusiastic about the first part of this book, as Tim suggests that people should consider other ways of living their life instead of working hard toward an eventual retirement. But later I realized after reading the book that the "live your life now, don't wait until later" concept is not new, and has been preached by everyone from philosophers to life coaches for decades now. [...].

Second, while the advice he has for people who already have a business is good (automating certain administrative tasks, checking e-mail less frequently even if you think your world might end if you do that), the ideas he dishes out to would-be entrepreneurs is much more troubling. Specifically product development, which he labels "finding a muse", could mislead some people into believing that you can make an instant-business every month with the help of affiliate marketers, drop shippers, and faking credibility (just check the forums on the book's website). Many things he suggests doing just contributes to the amount of crap we see every day on the internet and in infomercials, and probably isn't a very rewarding way for an entrepreneur to live their life or make their money. It's the equivalent of a how-to-become a 21st century snake oil salesman.

Finally, I know there is a lot of criticism about his ideas on outsourcing tasks, but we live in an outsourced world. The shirt your wearing was made in Indonesia, your fruits and vegetables were picked by migrant workers from Mexico, and your computer that you're reading this from right now was manufactured in China.
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