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The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich
by Timothy Ferriss
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc., Vermilion on January 6, 2011
Genres: Business & Success
Narrator: Ray Porter
Length: 8 hours and 19 minutes
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The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is, in its most basic form, the story and path of how Tim Ferriss transformed his life of working more than a full-time job and earning just $40,000 a year to working four hours a week for more than that in a month while he lives the life of his dreams.
Timothy Ferriss calls this the lifestyle of the “New Rich (NR)”, which he describes luxury lifestyle design. Now for someone like me, had I just been approached with a term like that without understanding the concept behind it, I would have expected it to be for late-night infomercials.
Thankfully, I was exposed to the book’s reputation by many highly influential people long before I bothered reading a single synopsis or review. Otherwise, I may have never even given the book a chance.
The objective of Lifestyle design, as Ferriss teaches us, is to free up time and place. Tim teaches that the New Rich leverage time and mobility to achieve an immediate lifestyle that most of the workforce can only dream of, including the very successful.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) by Timothy Ferriss.
The 4-Hour Workweek Book Intro
In a single sentence, Tim Ferriss uses The 4-Hour Workweek to explain his methods of using luxury lifestyle design to live the life you want, on your terms, created by you – right now.
What the book is not:
The 4-Hour Workweek IS NOT a step by step how-to manual on how to quit your job, begin working for yourself just a few hours a week and have the life of your dreams.
The 4-Hour Workweek is not a book on how to become a millionaire.
This book is not a book on getting the best job or loving the work you do. So many of those books exist and I’m glad this isn’t another of those.
About The 4-Hour Workweek
The 4-Hour Workweek is about freeing up time and automating income. It’s a book about using lifestyle design to live a rich life – now, not at traditional retirement.
The Four Hour Workweek is, at least how I interpreted it, a process to model from, which begins as a mind and belief shift. The idea that you can have your cake and eat it too and that the “9 to 5” system that expects you to work the best years of your life so you can “survive” your senior years is fundamentally flawed.
Tim goes to great lengths throughout the book to offer details of his story, the path in which he took, as well as the stories and lessons of others.
The 4-Hour Workweek is about using lifestyle design to reinvent yourself. To change your way of thinking by deleting the “norm” we’ve all been programmed to believe.
Is this book outdated?
After thirteen years of being first published, even before this updated version, The 4-Hour Workweek is still one of the most popular books among the circles I follow.
I will say since Tim Ferriss references tools and sites in current time, much the way Gary Vaynerchuk did, you’ll find some of that a little dated.
Did it work for me personally?
I have yet to meet a single person that actually works less than they play, with the exception of those that insist they are one and the same. Truthfully, I have read the book and listened to it twice and I still put in enough hours each week to qualify as two full-time jobs.
So why read this book?
Tim’s book is designed to help you understand what’s possible, which is a far cry from what is expected.
Personally, I didn’t read and listen to the book over and over in hopes that it will propel me into a life of jet-setting, globetrotting, wine-sipping luxury without the stress of income or responsibility. That sounds exhausting to me just writing it down. I have ZERO interest in travelling the world or sitting in my recliner watching TV and pecking away on my phone.
I love the book because it helps remind me of the power of “me” and that the path society has planned for us is not an acceptable one.
Lifestyle Design – Not A New Concept
The idea of living life to its fullest “right now” and refusing to wait for the ridiculous notion of the Golden Years is not a new concept nor is it restricted by monetary wealth (which is one of the points Timothy Ferriss wants you to understand), education, or stature.
I’ve sat with friends that make a fraction of my income and have been amazed at how much they enjoy life. They have BBQs, hunt, fish, go bowling and on vacations. They seem to have a fraction of my stress too but the closer you get the more you begin to see that’s not the case.
The 4-Hour Workweek is more like that without fun being an escape from reality. Where fun IS reality.
Brian’s Overall Book Rating
I believe The 4-Hour Workweek is still worth a read (Or listen, in this case) but I’ve never considered it a Must Read. Now that I’ve revisited the book, once again, I might have to consider adding this book to that list.
Do I believe The 4-Hour Workweek will help anyone build an $80K/month business with no management? No, but I have seen people cut their ties to traditional jobs, tear out of their preconceived idea of what’s normal and travel the world and do very well financially in what seemed a forever vacation.
I do think The 4-Hour Workweek will help some people find that overused metaphor of following their passion.
My Takeaways from The 4-Hour Workweek (A few of them)
- Practice Parkinson’s law
- Follow The Pareto principle (80–20 rule)
- Priorities over efficiency
- Master outsourcing and empower others
- Learn and practice “just-in-time” information gathering
- Ask for forgiveness, not permission
- Use systems like automation ad delegation but only after elimination
A Few Key Lessons I Liked:
✓ How to Burn $1,000,000 a Night
✓ Cultivating Selective Ignorance
✓ The End of Time Management
✓ Interrupting Interruption
✓ How to Escape the Office
✓ Adding Life After Subtracting Work
The bottom line is you are not going to read or listen to a book and find yourself on the satisfying path of batching your priorities and responsibilities into four hours a week while living a successful, rich and satisfying life that would leave Gary Vee or Tony Robbins speechless.
You might be able to work four hours a DAY, setting priorities and batching responsibilities so you can live life the way you want to live it. Would that be so bad? Will this book get you there? Of course not but you have to start somewhere and, while there are plenty of books that promise the world, none of them has the magical powers to deliver on those hopes and dreams.
There’s a butt-load of powerful insights in The 4-Hour Workweek that most people can benefit from. Mindset changes like going from “I must do these” to “Here’s what I choose to do” or defining the difference between what is important and what is urgent.
Did Travis McGee read The 4-Hour Workweek?
Seems like it… One of my favorite fictional book series is Travis McGee by John D. MacDonald and that’s what the lessons of Tim Ferriss remind me of. Travis McGee was a self-proclaimed beach bum. He lived on a boat off the coast of Florida on a continuous vacation breaking only when he was low of cash. It was that moment when the adventures – the stories, began.
Tim Ferriss is like the Travis McGee of the digital age – where his adventures happen when he isn’t working, which is most of the time.Brian D. Hawkins
“Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.”Tim Ferriss
The 4-Hour Workweek Steps & Chapters
Preface to the Expanded and Updated Edition
First and Formost
- FAQ—Doubters Read This
- My Story and Why You Need This Book
- Chronology of a Pathology
Step 1: D is for Definition
- Cautions and Comparisons: How to Burn $1,000,000 a Night
- Rules That Change the Rules: Everything Popular Is Wrong
- Dodging Bullets: Fear-Setting and Escaping Paralysis
- System Reset: Being Unreasonable and Unambiguous
Step 2: E is for Elimination
- The End of Time Management: Illusions and Italians
- The Low-Information Diet: Cultivating Selective Ignorance
- Interrupting Interruption and the Art of Refusal
Step 3: A is for Automation
- Outsourcing Life: Off-loading the Rest and a Taste of Geoarbitrage
- Income Autopilot I: Finding the Muse
- Income Autopilot II: Testing the Muse
- Income Autopilot III: MBA—Management by Absence
Step 4: L is for Liberation
- Disappearing Act: How to Escape the Office
- Beyond Repair: Killing Your Job
- Mini-Retirements: Embracing the Mobile Lifestyle
- Filling the Void: Adding Life After Subtracting Work
- The Top 13 New Rich Mistakes
The Last Chapter: An E-mail You Need to Read
Last but Not Least
The Best of the Blog
- The Art of Letting Bad Things Happens
- Things I’ve Loved and Learned in 2008
- How to Travel the World with 10 Pounds or Less
- The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm
- The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now
- The Margin Manifesto: 11 Tenets for Reaching (or Doubling) Profitability in 3 Months
- The Holy Grail: How to Outsource the Inbox and Never Check E-mail Again
- Tim Ferriss Processing Rules
Proposal To Work Remotely On A Contract Bases
Living The 4-Hour Workweek: Case Studies, Tips and Tricks
- Zen and the Art of Rock Star Living
- Art Lovers Wanted
- Photo Finish
- Virtual Law
- Taking Flight with Ornithreads
- Off-the-Job Training
- The 4-Hour Family and Global Education
- Doctor’s Orders
- Financial Musing
- Who Says Kids Hold You Back?
- Working Remotely
- Killing Your BlackBerry
- Star Wars Anyone?
Restricted Reading: The Few That Matter
- How to Get $250,000 of Advertising for $10,000
- How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months
- Muse Math: Predicting the Revenue of Any Product
- Licensing: From Tae Bo to Teddy Ruxpin
- Real Licensing Agreement with Real Dollars
- Online Round-the-World (RTW) Trip Planner
The 4-Hour Workweek Author: Timothy Ferriss
The 4-Hour Workweek Audible Narration By Ray Porter
The 4-Hour Workweek was born from Tim Ferriss’ vacation to Europe to escape the demanding and time consuming pressures of running BrainQUICKEN, his sports nutrition supplement company. Ferriss outsourced and streamlined the day-to-day operations so he could live life for awhile. The concept of 4-Hour Workweek was born.
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