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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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!
I believe that for most people, the idea of passive income, or finding a bloggers dream job so you can travel the world and not have a real life somewhere is a mirage. It simply does not work for most people. I have made numerous attempts to make money online, written books, and nothing has reached the pinnacle of a replacement of a full time income.
This is not to say that I have given up entirely on passive income. I am making some money on my side gigs, but not enough to go learn to tango. For that matter, what kind of life is this? It is more like a long vacation than a life. I think he took time off, did all the things he says he did, and went back to working full time on writing books and doing other business ventures.
The danger is that people have this idea that all of this is so easily attained. That is how he pithily explains it in this book. Don't get me wrong, I think he is a cool guy, and very entertaining, but I think that this book is so misleading and potentially catastrophic for people. It is a marketing hook. He makes it very believable.
If you buy this book, take it with a huge grain of salt. Do not quit your day job. Perhaps you cannot retire until you are old and bald, but you won't be a balding and broke person either.
I not only had a 33 year career as a senior business applications software engineer, but I also operated a real estate investment company and had a small karate club. It wasn't the job that enabled me to retire; it was my real estate. And though it's a lot of work, none of that, at my level, anyway, could be off-loaded onto someone else.
But that was the "old days" before all of the opportunities the internet now provides. If you can get an idea for an internet based business, then Ferriss' book can show you how to make your life sane while building it. And if you really want to know how to build an internet business that could benefit from Ferriss' book, then read Gary Vaynerchuk's book: Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion