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This review is from: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Hardcover)
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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