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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich Hardcover – December 15, 2009
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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®, 100+ million copies sold
"This is a whole new ball game. Highly recommended."
—Dr. Stewart D. Friedman, Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School
"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
—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 and 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 and 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”
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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First of all, when I picked up the book, I didn't expect that he was literally working only four hours a week. I thought he was just talking about ways to spend less time working, but that "The 4-Hour" just sounded good (since he now has a whole line of books with titles that start that way). Nope. Turns out he really only worked four hours every week for a few years. I hate him. Now, with his series of books and everything, that's not true so much, so I hate him less. Now his job is much more similar to what I actually want to do.
As I said, Ferriss has some great ways of eliminating clutter and busywork, including things you don't even think of as busywork. I've already started implementing some of these tips at work, and they've come in pretty handy so far. I keep meaning to get rid of a bunch of my physical clutter, but my laziness keeps getting in the way of that. I'll get around to it in the next few weeks.
I also appreciated his philosophy of taking mini-retirements throughout life, rather than one long retirement at the end of life. I never did understand the point of retirement, so Ferriss's plan sounds much more appealing to me. As he put it, retirement should be nothing more than a fail-safe in case something happens and you are physically (or mentally) incapable of working. My thoughts exactly.
My main problem with his philosophy is that it really only works if you have a product that you are not actually making, but that you can sell. For example, even if I were to quit my day job and write all day every day, I would still be working a lot. Granted, that would make my job a whole lot more portable, but I could never get away with only working four hours per week (at least not until after I sell that bestselling novel, which is such a realistic plan!) In order to do it his way, I would need to have something that is already produced, or that someone else is making (clothes, dietary supplement, etc.) where all I have to do is collect the money that comes in from those sales.
Of course, that's a lot harder than it sounds. His ways of eliminating the useless from his life are really quite impressive, and not to be underestimated, but I still wonder if someone in their twenties, who is just starting out in life, can really make his plan work? Some of his success stories include people negotiating working remotely, because they have built up value in their company. Someone who has only been working at their current job for a year or two does not have the kind of leverage necessary to do that.
Additionally, he talks about the trick to getting out of your job so you can go have that great once-in-a-lifetime adventure. He mentions considering the worst-case scenario and the fact that worst-case is not necessarily all that bad. One of his points he brings up is that, if he loses his job, he can get another one fairly easily. Well, great for him, but the original book was written before the job market collapsed, followed by this lovely "jobless recovery". I was recently unemployed for eight months and it was not fun. I, too, thought I could get another job within a few months, but that did not turn out to be the case. So, if I go spend all my money on a mini-retirement now, and then come back only to find that I can't get a job for another year, I'll be screwed. Yes, even that worst-case scenario isn't that bad. I could always move back in with my parents, but I'd really rather not. I love them, but they have enough to deal with right now, and the last thing I want to do is burden the people around me because I decided to go globe-trotting for a few months. Timothy Ferriss told me it would be fine!
Tim Ferriss uses rogue and immoral practices such as trying to get your boss to let you work from home more so that you can work remotely from a cheaper country. I don't know about you, but I can imagine that this would be extremely difficult to execute in the line of business that I am in--since it is super-collaborative. I don't agree with everything in this book, and a lot of it's theories seem immoral to me and "fly-by-night" or "get-rich-quick" methods. It does have merit though, and it tells you the best websites to use to build your own website and market your product and do market analysis on your customer purchases.
Here are some notable sections of the book:
-New rich are people who are self-made and have built a business or success from nothing. They are people who like to have fun and be more flaunting with their wealth and have more fun. They are the live fast, die young crowd but they do it with large paychecks. I may not agree with flaunting my money everywhere whenever I become rich, but I would rather be someone who is a new rich and has more fun than the traditional corporate world high-paying and stressful job. The new rich don't associate time with money, but rather results with money and understand how to do more with less (which is most likely utilizing technology or paying someone else to do it). If a video goes viral on Youtube, it may have only taken an afternoon to make, yet has more credibility than a product or service that has taken years to craft. It is mostly about leverage in the new-rich age.
-There is an example in the book about a comparison between two different strategies for selling products. One person does not use any data analysis and does not focus-test their product before revealing it to a broader audience. The other person does not spend much time developing their product but spends most of their time analyzing the marketing data and customer actions such as PPC, or pay per click in Google ad-words. They test which wording is the best on their site and the structure of the website and the button placement. This person ends up winning more customers in the end, because they understand the psychology of selling and what customers are more likely to do when presented with certain information. Just like the name of the book "4 hour:" Tim said that he did countless testing to see which search inquiry had the most popularity online whenever he was determining a new title for his book. It didn't matter what he thought, it mattered what the customers wanted more. He knew that the title and the information in the book would be desirable and an easy sell before he even started selling it--as opposed to spending all of his time thinking that he himself is making the right decisions and then trying to fix a broken product once it is released.
-Anyone can be an expert. He claims that with the digital age that everyone is an expert, because knowledge is so readily available. The only difference between an expert and someone who is not one is positioning: selling yourself as an expert and marketing yourself by giving seminars or appearing in talk shows to build hype around yourself. I used to think that this was immoral, but if you look at all of the marketing that goes into rising singing stars then you will know that there is a lot of hype that was built for nothing and most of the part of greatness is marketing and convincing others that you are great and to want the service that you have. This is why you must micro-est everything and leave nothing to chance when going to market.
-Mini-Retirements. Quite the quirky section of the book. Tim talks about taking vacations for cheap and staying in more poor countries than America so that the exchange rate is lower. He claims that for a vacation to truly be life-changing, it must be long-term and around two months rather than two weeks. I think this idea is interesting but I'm not sure if it is for everyone: me included. I'm sure that living abroad is life-changing but I don't think that many people would have the drive to keep doing that and still be able to build a successful empire if they are relaxing too much.
I began reading this book being defensive and not wanting to believe it's practices. I still don't know if there is such a thing as a four hour workweek but the book does prove that time does not equal money and that by being smarter and being scale-able with your approach to life that you can leverage other people's time and money to gain more with your own contributions. If you look at all major companies or businesses owners, they have already been using these practices for quite some time yet did not put it in blunt and clear terms that this book does. In order to get the life style that you want you have to change your approach to life and utilize automated systems and the new technology that we have at our fingertips. In order to be successful you have to test your product and hire others to do work that would take you too long to learn on your own. This book is essentially calling everyone to break free from their employee status and to work for themselves and be an entrepreneur. Many like the idea, but only a few make it happen. I believe that this book is a wealth of information and is the sort of knowledge that you won't learn in school, but is the ultimate lesson in "street smarts."
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