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I feel about this book the way I felt about Tim Ferris’ Four-Hour Workweek. I didn’t have high expectations. I figured it would be another self-help book. I still bought it, so obviously I’m not totally opposed to self-help. But my favorite type of self-help is the kind with real, concrete, actionable examples you can work from. This one has that for sure...and I really appreciate it. I’ve also been listening to the podcast and it’s great, too. The only thing (which can’t really be a down-side since I think it’s basically the whole point of this book) is that it’s giving me a kind of gnawing feeling that my 8-6pm corporate job may not be something I can/want/should chug away at for another twenty years. So, yeah, a book that really makes you start seriously reconsidering your options? That’s one of the main things I look for.
I stumbled across Dana Robinson through a podcast and decided to get the book. I had it on my wish list for awhile when I noticed it was 100% off one day. After reading it, I would have gladly paid money for it seeing how much valuable content was in it. It seems like lifestyle design and financial independence is getting more mainstream these days but Dana still has some unconventional approaches to life that you don't hear about in those arenas. On the income side, he pushes starting a business, getting side gig, and investing in real estate. He goes on to explain how each of those aspects is very attainable and provides a applicable approach to achieving them. On the expense side, he encourages you to think outside of the box by thrifting, bartering, housesitting, using travel rewards, etc. He also goes into detail on how to execute those methods. It's a well written book packed with practical and immediately applicable information.
Great book. It starts with the author telling his story of living abroad for a year in Bali and that chapter is so beautifully written that it made me feel like I was there, living it myself. Those make for the best books. I was hooked from there and the rest of the book is very well-written with simple formulas and steps, using real-life examples, to help you get out of the so-called rat race. I finished the book within a day, where normally it might take me a week to a month to finish a book because the author loses my interest at some point. I always knew Dana was a smart guy, but when someone is able to explain and articulate their ideas in such a simple way it really makes you realize just how smart they actually are.
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2018
Working a regular job, doing the 8-5 routine can be great, if you're at the perfect company. Otherwise it can be viewed as just a stepping stone to ultimately living a life that maximizes flexibility, as well as your return on effort. Dana provides a new vision for what your life could be. Not a right/wrong approach, but rather a life filled with greater options that what most corporate gigs offer. From being an entrepreneur, to traveling the world, and creating an alternate investment plan, Opt Out will open your eyes to living a life that you've only dreamed of.
This is an excellent book for anyone serious about getting quality of life and gaining new perspective. Be prepared to ask yourself some serious questions and reexamine some old ways of thinking. Well written, honest and worth a read. I was pleasantly surprised by the way it changed my perspective on some old beliefs.
Opt Out is a MUST READ for anyone serious about getting their work-life balance in order. The secret? You don’t need to let personal finances dictate your life! In this book Dana clearly communicates a practical, unerringly logical, and powerful approach that anyone can use to achieve more balance in their life. While the book strongly promotes “opting out” as an entire lifestyle, it’s not an all-or-nothing formula meaning it can also be employed in bite-sized pieces to fine tune smaller aspects of our daily lives. His description of how Corporate America and politicians enslave us with consumerism and societal norms really got me thinking and motivated me to do more to opt out and get ahead. Dana’s approach will benefit everyone who hears its, and so I strongly RECOMMEND this book. I’m going to insist that my wife and two college age sons read Opt Out so that they can gain take advantage of its wisdom. Buy this book, get ready to shift your thinking, and you won’t be disappointed!
I love Dana Robinson. Yep, I know him. When I heard he wrote a book it took me exactly 60 seconds before I bought it. The reason I bought it was a hope that I would learn a bit more about how he has pulled off what he has in life. I wasn't disappointed. I got the book today and started reading it. As I expected it is full of unconventional, smart ways of addressing parts of life. This is not a book of airy fairy philosophies, but practical advice about hacking life. It has some fascinating strategies that I had not understood about before reading this about how Dana has been able to consistently acquire things we all dream of that would be outside of anyone's budget, including his, because he get's them so inexpensively. He also outlines some of his strategies to create income flows almost casually that run silently in the background, trickling in streams of income that together add up to something quite substantial. I look forward to reading the rest of it. I was so inspired by what I read already that I wanted to write this asap.
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2018
I had read "The 4-hour work week" in the past and I thought it was great, but I wanted more advice on how to live a comfortable life. I'm not looking to "get rich quick", those plans always seemed like scams to me. This book is different though. It really gave some good, actionable advice I could put to use right away. The author, Dana Robinson, talks in plain English and makes SO much sense. If you are looking to improve your quality of life, I highly recommend this book!