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The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by [Ferriss, Timothy]
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Editorial Reviews

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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 Canfield, co-creator Chicken Soup for the Soul "The book that has caught the imagination of overworked America" Sunday Telegraph "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

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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 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 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 useful
work."
-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 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 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: 1653 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (December 2, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034FJG6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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The 4-Hour Workweek has been influential to some of my friends, so I listened to the audiobook. It is just another snarky self-centered young man trying to show others how to "game the system." For example, how Mr. Ferris would go into his college professor's office after he received anything less than an "A" grade, and have a prepared list of questions that totaled over 3 hours of the professor's time. Eventually the professor would capitulate and Ferris got his "A." Second example, Ferris won the Chinese kickboxing championship by finding loopholes in the rules regarding an opponent falling from the fighting platform, so he stopped kickboxing and would eventually push opponents from the edge, thereby "winning" the matches. If this is winning, no thanks! This is borderline sociopathic behavior. Not much of substance here. And I am, by the way, self employed, run my own schedule and travel the world. There are occasional 4-hour weeks for me, but they are balanced by 60 hour weeks, That, my dear Mr. Ferris is the true reality of self employment.
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Format: Hardcover
I will keep this short. As short as I can while keeping it useful.

The author makes many claims in the book. I will talk about two verifiably false ones

Claim one: Tim says he went to Argentina and studied tango for 5 months for 4-6 hours a day, or was it 8? I am not quoting so whatever. Anyway, as a result from this he supposedly was selected to be one of 29 finalists out of 1000 couples in a tango competition. That is claim one.

Claim two is that he broke a world record in tango dancing (doesn't tell you more details in the book).
Now you read this and you think wow! What an accomplishment. Here is the catch: I found two videos on Youtube for both events and reality does not match the claims in the book.

How to verify:

Videos of both events are on Youtube. He is a bad Tango dancer. Actually not horrible, more like a real beginner. His steps are uncertain and his the lead is purposeless and almost as absent as his musicality. Nothing wrong with that, for a beginner. He is making huge claims that are simply not true. What are we to believe about the other claims, Timmy? A fulfilled life is not a half-assed pretend one.
I have been dancing Tango exclusively for 9 years and can tell you that his claims are false. The description of the "achievement" and the reality as depicted in the videos are not related.
Compare what you see (do a Youtube search for tango and the author's name) to what he has claimed in the book. In the video on Youtube where he "breaks the world record for Tango", the hosts asks him if he can turn 27 times in a minute and he does that (spins around unimpressingly), of course no tango dancer has tried that as it is stupid. How about a world record for blinking 5 times while you dance?.
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