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The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content. [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Ferriss
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,068 customer reviews)

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Book Description

More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content.

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:
•How Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week
•How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
•How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
•How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
•How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”

The new expanded edition of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek includes:
•More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point
•Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating e-mail, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than $8 a meal
•How Lifestyle Design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times
•The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews


Tim is Indiana Jones for the digital age….Simply put, do what he says and you can live like a millionaire. --Albert Pope, Derivatives Trading, UBS World Headquarters

Stunning and amazing….Whether you're a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, this book will change your life. --Phil Town, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rule #1


"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 Canfield
Co-creator of "Chicken Soup for the Soul(R)," 100+ million copies sold
"This is a whole new ball game. Highly recommended."
-Dr. Stewart D. Friedman
Adviser to Jack Welch and Former Vice President Al Gore on Work/Family Issues
Director 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, this
book 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 Foremski
Journalist and Publisher of
"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 useful
-A.J. Jacobs
Editor-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 Maples
Co-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 Pope
Derivatives 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 Burlingham
Editor-at-Large, "Inc." magazine
Author 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. Kerlin
McKinsey & Company Consultant to Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
J. 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. Brock
Chairman and CEO, Brock Capital Group
Former 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, Bangalore
Credited 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 Partland
Emmy 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 Lusk
Group 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 Entrepreneurs
Lecturer 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 Draper
Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Financiers to innovators including Hotmail, Skype, and
"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 Potts
Author 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 Key
Top Inventor and Team Designer of Teddy Ruxpin, Lazer Tag
Consultant to "American Inventor"

Product Details

  • File Size: 3420 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Exp Upd edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WE46UW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7,061 of 7,482 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The title and cover draws people in. 4 Hour Work Week, it's too good to be true. Then we read the first couple of pages, maybe the first couple of chapters. The first chapters are the typical motivational, "you can do it" montage. I'm not going to lie, I felt motivated to give this book a try after reading the first part of the book without even knowing what this book is all about. But as I began to get out of the fluff, and actually found myself reading the core subject of the book, I was utterly disappointed.

D is for Definition

In this section Ferriss tells us to do an important task: define what you want. And I agree that most of us live through life not knowing what we want; just following the crowd like a herd of sheep. This section was the motivational, make you feel good section. This wasn't the how, it was the why, and it downright made me pumped.

E is for Elimination
Okay, so he basically says to eliminate all the junk in your life. For example: watch less TV, don't check your e-mail 50 times a day, don't look at your phone 100 times a day, don't surf the web 3 hours a day, etc. It's all good advice, nothing too fancy, or new, just plain old, "don't waste your time" advice. So far so good.

A is for automation
This is where I ran in to problems with Tim's method of creating a "4 hour workweek". First he tells us to outsource a big chunk of our lives using a VA (virtual assistant) from India or Shanghai or wherever. Basically a virtual assistant is a person who assist you in everyday task (checking emails, making reservations, doing research for your job that you got hired to do,set up appointments, etc) so basically an online-personal assistant you hire for dirt cheap.
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289 of 325 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for 98% of the population January 12, 2013
By Lenny
This guy is far from typical and discusses a disruptive lifestyle that most people would not want. The title is also misleading. Ferris talks about losing 30 lbs in 24 hours(you read that right!) for a kickboxing match in (some Asian country). The end goal is to put himself into lighter fighting category, where he has a great advantage. While this is extreme, that risk taking mindset is what you need to excel in business and is beyond the toolkit of most people.

I'm not saying he is a liar but come on! Most people wouldn't dream of doing something like that. There are some good tidbits in the book but I was completely distracted by his travel fetish. 30% of the book talks about International travel.

The theme of the book is how the author created a heath supplement company(no small feat), worked himself to near death, and realized he could hire VA(virtual assistants) to do his dirty work. I believe the author has great self confidence(a given for business) and is quite intelligent (went to Princeton, but claims he was admitted with a 40% lower SAT). The author is very smart, with a very above average IQ determined by his writing style and accomplishments.

The idea is to hire Indian VA/"slaves" who will do your work for under $10/hr. Yes, that is very possible to do. But developing a business idea, finding a market, and training your VA's to to the job right is a complex task. You also have to have ultimate trust, trusting total strangers with your credit cards, bank accounts etc.

Putting that aside, a four hour workweek is tantamount to the kickboxing situation described above. If you don't have the mindset for business - this book may as well be a James Bond novel.
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754 of 858 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Long on fluff and short on substance December 21, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like so many others, I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed. The author actually follows a very predictable pattern used frequently by charmers that claim they can change your life or make you rich. The first half of the book builds you up by citing examples of success, then the second half provides vacuous information about how to outsource your life after you've made it, while never really providing you any usable information on how to "make it".

I can't imagine why this book is getting so many 5 star reviews. As others have stated, I also suspect that the author is somehow gaming the Amazon rating system. Forget the money, I wish I could get back the hours I invested in reading this book!

UPDATE: After several commenters disagreed with my review, I went back to the book and gave it another try. Unfortunately, I think less of it this time that I did the first time! I still maintain that many of the positive reviews for this book are fake. Interestingly enough I came across the following article that describes companies that are paid to post positive reviews. Could it be that the man that has outsourced his life has also enlisted the help of one of these services?
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330 of 382 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars snake oil March 2, 2011
My review is based on the audiobook and I stopped listening at the conclusion of part 1 (of 2).

I had a bad feeling during the first part of this book - its blatant marketing to the reader (think infomercial) and it had me rolling my eyes. I stuck with it and then he got on to what was seeming like more practical information (80/20 rule, keep your focus on the important things, selective ignorance/information overload, etc).

Eventually the book took a big turn in to information products, affiliate marketing, making websites, passive income and how EASY that all is. This is when I knew the jig was up because I'm familiar with this subject. There is a small percentage of people doing this that are making very large sums of money, but its NOT easy and requires huge amounts of time, money, knowledge, and more. Contrary to the way the author characterizes these things, none of them are easy: SEO (search engine optimization), profitable affiliate marketing, profitable pay-per-click advertising, profitable website creation, profitable information product creation. I'd wager that the vast majority of newcomers to this business invest large amounts of time, lose money, and quit. In the end its just like any other business - if you want to succeed doing this kind of stuff, the "secret" is hard work and perseverance. My general advice though - find a better business.

The one piece of advice I can point to in this book is on page 92 under the heading, "Practice the art of nonfinishing" the author says, "Starting something doesn't automatically justify finishing it. If you are reading an article that stinks, put it down and don't pick it back up."

Don't feel obligated to finish this book should you start it.
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really helpfull material in this book.i highly recommend it.
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good book, but the writing style needs improvement..
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1.0 out of 5 stars It is thought provoking but ultstely a waste of good money
I tried to follow through. It would seem one needs a very particular mind set to succeed. I didn't. It is thought provoking but ultstely a waste of good money.
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great book. great message. overall wonderful
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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 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 (, teaches rapid-learning techniques for helping viewers to produce seemingly superhuman results in minimum time.


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Short answer: yes. I have implemented various parts of this book little by little, generally with great success. I just reviewed the book on my blog and I outline how this book has improved both my business and personal lives. Of course, it is obviously a little late for a review, but I review... Read More
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I like that phrase "hero's journey" because I feel like I am on a hero's journey myself. I feel like the things I have done are kind of heroic.
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