In The 4-Hour Workweek, #1 New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss, Whether you're a wage slave or a Fortune CEO, this book will change your. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich ( ) is a self-help book by Timothy Ferriss, an American writer, educational. Editorial Reviews. Review. Tim is Indiana Jones for the digital aracer.mobi put, do what he .. Ultimately, this is where the book falls apart as this is his central way to live the four hour work week, which if you take a look at his own life he isn't .
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They boast of building a passive income from a web business, all while traveling the world as the rest of us mortals are slaving away at our jobs. In a world where we are searching for silver bullets, these people seem to have amassed an arsenal of them.
The most blatant example of this are some of the disciples of the 4-Hour Workweek , by Tim Ferriss. The book itself is not really the issue. Ferriss indeed outlines some interesting tips on managing resources to get the highest ROI on your work. What is objectionable, however, is the hack-your-way-to-success mentality it has spawned in entrepreneurial circles.
What happens on the periphery — whether it be the towel slapping we see on Twitter from tech celebrities or headline gossip out of TechCrunch — is not actually meaningful as a foundation of a business or a profession. Neither are the number of coffee meetings you have scheduled or the amount of networking meetings you attend.
These things are tertiary at best, and, at worst, just plain-old distractions. Startup graveyards are full of visionaries without expertise or the proper skills to execute. At first I thought this was the bee's knees, toes, and ankles.
He encourages you to lease expensive cars so you can feel like you are living the "life of your At first I thought this was the bee's knees, toes, and ankles. He encourages you to lease expensive cars so you can feel like you are living the "life of your dreams".
And then he puts Walden in his list of resources. I'm confused. I guess he's saying that if you really want to drive a fancy car, then make that your priority, and then when you can afford to lease it, you'll be happy. So you don't have to live in Borneo in order to drive your new car. Reading this book made me realize that I already have a life that involves meaningful work, setting my own schedule, and choosing whatever projects I want to do. And oh yeah, passive income.
No, I don't drive a Ferrari and vacation in Argentina because the exchange rate is awesome. But you know? I don't really want to. I agree with some of his instructions on automation, especially the importance of not having decision-making bottlenecks. I guess now we know why he is described as a "serial" entrepreneur on the book jacket.
I give him points for being honest. If someone wanted his kind of lifestyle, this would be a fairly good roadmap. Except for one thing: Which he doesn't really teach in this book. He definitely has a different take on business and the point of life, and perhaps it is useful just in that sense. He is definitely marching to the beat of his own drummer.
I just am not sure I want to march with him. View all 11 comments. Oct 21, Craig rated it did not like it Shelves: Instead of focusing on this book's lame contents it was really bad I decided to share my review of how it was otherwise used in the hopes that it might inspire others. First of all, I found the book's paper a little rough in texture.
This eliminated it from being used in the outhouse or camping, if you know what I mean. The raspy paper DID, however, have just the right stuff to be 'ripped and rolled' into some really effective starter wicks in the old fireplace. Went up like a charm and led to Instead of focusing on this book's lame contents it was really bad I decided to share my review of how it was otherwise used in the hopes that it might inspire others.
Went up like a charm and led to a toasty warm fire in no time. Very little smoke produced and it left a good, clean ash. The pages and binding that remained sat limply and dejected by the hearth for much of the evening before inspiration struck once again.
I tore the front cover off I am reluctant to burn colored ink in my fireplace -- call me old-fashioned and ripped it into some smaller pieces to fold and wedge into a drafty window to help keep it closed. I made sure to have the outer cover facing outward to better repel any moisture that might attack the paper from the window seam. Again -- like it was MADE for the task! Finally, and I'm not proud of it -- I like to minimize my footprint on Mother Earth -- I had to let the binding go.
No good for burning and I doubt even a hungry squirrel would find it appealing. It was dropped in the trash by the light of the crackling fire on that dark snowy night. I sat by the roaring fire as light sleet pellets tickle the window, pondering the fate of the environment.
With so many copies of this book very likely suffering some form of destruction around the globe what's a species to do? View all 5 comments. May 09, Ryan rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Dilbert, with love from Friedrich Nietzsche. Recommended to Ryan by: I get all my picks from Oprah.
You're a game changer and a rule breaker. Quit checking your fucking email and get off the computer. No, seriously. Outsource everything--even your soul. It's all about you. Retire, vacation, go mobile. Tim Ferriss is an ass. Hey Tim, I work in a pickle factory in Poland and have a minimal education, how do I make the above program work for me? But Tim Ferriss is still an ass. View all 4 comments. Mar 17, David Sasaki rated it it was ok Shelves: I don't know how else to put it.
Timothy Ferris is a douche. There is, in fact, an entire genre of blog literature that explains why Timothy Ferriss is a douche. Since I already heard Ferriss' insecure egocentricity on full display during his Long Now talk , I came to this book expecting a self-obsessed hustler to peddle his "you-too-can-be-like-me" vision.
But I still wanted to read the book. I wanted to understand why it became a b I don't know how else to put it.
I wanted to understand why it became a bestseller and why Ferris, the arch-egocentic, has become so influential among ambitious American men of my generation. If you haven't heard of Ferriss before, you probably don't spend much time reading tech and entrepreneurship blogs. What I didn't expect was to come to feel a deep sympathy for Ferriss. Despite the fact that he's a jerk, he isn't a terrible writer and the biographic sections of the book are rich fodder for psychoanalysis.
Like Ferris, I also grew up with an instinctive, acute resentment of authority and hierarchical structures. It is still the most defining characteristic of my personality, but I have learned to control the resentment and anger as I have matured. Like Ferriss, I too was also extremely motivated and reasonably precocious. This combination of wanting to accomplish so much while spending most of my energy rebelling against the institutions around me led to constant anxiety and insecurity.
Like Ferriss, I knew that I didn't want to define my life by others' expectations. I wanted to find my own path and define my own expectations. Part of that — like Ferriss — was to travel the world. That is where our paths began to diverge. Ferriss embraced a deep individualism that prioritizes self-improvement as the definition of success. Among his conclusions: Don't search for meaningful work; find a way to make as much money in as little time as possible, and spend the rest of your time having fun.
There is no meaning in life; what we really want is excitement, not 'meaning. Ferriss is obsessed with his own image. He constantly reminds the reader that he is a world champion of kickboxing, the winner of a tango championship in Argentina, a polyglot, a motorcycle racer, a chef, and a weight-lifter. But he is driven only by extrinsic motivation.
He does not appreciate the " craftsmanship " of his pastimes; that is, in the words of Richard Sennett, "the desire to do a job well for its own sake. The collective, the individual, and the twilight of the elites Why has Ferriss' vision of "the good life" proved so appealing among my generation?
Why has the perfection of the self become such a popular pursuit? I am easily persuaded by Christopher Hayes' argument that the rise of American meritocracy over the past fifty years has led to extreme, individualistic competition among ambitious elites at the expense of our concern for collective well being. In order to be successful in America today you have to focus on yourself.
David Brooks has written a lot about the individual versus collective world views. From China, he penned a column noting that Asian economies are challenging the assumption that a culture of individualism creates incentives for greater economic growth. Then, following President Obama's second inaugural address which he calls "among the best of the past half-century" , Brooks examines the pros and cons of the individualist versus collectivist society.
It is the cultural debate that underlies almost all other contemporary political debates. Like Ferriss, I too am deeply individualistic. The day after I graduated from high school I packed up all my belongings and drove to Alaska to spend six months by myself. I wanted needed to disconnect from all institutions, responsibilities, and expectations.
But unlike Ferriss, during my 20s I came to a deep appreciation of the satisfaction that can come from participating in a community that isn't defined by hierarchical structures or individual achievements. I am, of course, speaking of my time with Global Voices , which finally gave me a productive channel to focus my energy toward the goals of a greater community.
There is satisfaction that comes from individual accomplishments. But, in my experience, nothing is as satisfying as building something together as a team. I fear we are losing the " craft of cooperation.
I hope that one day he can take a break from perfecting his self in order to experience the pleasure of cultivating community. View all 14 comments. Jan 05, Maria Andreu rated it it was amazing Shelves: His personality.
The way he gets things across. But here's the thing - two people I really believe in and trust were telling me I HAD to read this book.
So I sucked it up and ordered it from site who, I believe, I single-handedly keep in business, though my scant GoodReads list may not yet reflect it.
So I decided to give it a shot and ate it up in a weekend. A fun and easy read. The premise is basically this: Tim Ferriss, the year-old author of this book, posits an entirely different worldview and a straightforward plan for achieving living it - set up automatic profit centers, and take "mini retirements" throughout your life which he does, and explains in fun and interesting detail.
He's studied tango in Argentina, martial arts in Berlin. Cool reading. The thing I most enjoyed about this book were the practical tips. I was familiar with many of them, having an internet entrepreneur background, but still found plenty of interesting information to make it worth my while.
Lots of good detail on the travel side too. He gives you not just the theory, but the web addresses and the exact plan for setting up your own online business and "mini-retirement-lifestyle.
A lot of them sound like, "Yes, that would be nice, but Worth giving a shot. Apr 14, Rasmus rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Although mr. Ferriss has some good ideas and goals, there is one word that describes why, I am not a fan of this book: While I totally agree with Tim Ferriss, when he says that most meetings are useless and should be avoided, I cannot agree with his recommendation of making up excuses and lies, in order to leave early or not show up.
This is just one example of behavior recommended in this book, and it quite frankly disgusts me. I am all for automating the dull aspects of my life, tak Although mr.
The book has good ideas but is ultimately written for people without scruples of any kind. The author brags about winning a martial arts contest by bending the rules.
He's being a scumbag and encouraging others to follow in his footsteps. I'm sorry, but that's not me. View 2 comments. Oct 24, Otis Chandler rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Otis by: I found this book on a recommendation from a good friend, and if it wasn't for that I might have put it down right away, because the tone is very markety, and the author makes a lot of big claims with little substance.
That being said, the author must be a smart guy because there is a lot of good stuff in this book. Big Takeaways 1. Most of us have the idea that we are supposed to work until we are 60, then retire and live the good life. Tim does a great job pointing out how backwards that idea is, I found this book on a recommendation from a good friend, and if it wasn't for that I might have put it down right away, because the tone is very markety, and the author makes a lot of big claims with little substance.
Tim does a great job pointing out how backwards that idea is, and gives lots of suggestions for how to change your life to accommodate.
He calls those who have done so the "New Rich", as they are rich in life - which is not related to being rich in dollars. Take 'mini-retirements' throughout your life instead of planning to retire at the end of your life which I probably wouldn't do anyways. This means every 5 years take a year off to go on a big adventure.
Tim's point is you don't need to be rich to do this, and gives a lot of advice on how to go about it. I don't think he'll convince too many people, but it does sound like he's starting to have a following. Be a business owner - not a business runner. One gives you lots of free time - the other consumes your life which I can currently attest to: Time is your most valuable asset.
Tim gives a lot of good tips for time management - which aren't unique, but every time you read them helps you. The ones that stuck out for me were: Try to start businesses that can be completely outsourced after you've set them up, so they run on auto-pilot. The author did it with a nutrient company - I'm dubious on this one though.
This applies to most things in life, and although I've read it before it was a good refresher. Reach out to important people.
They are often more accessible than you think. Tim had good tips for this - like always uses phone's and not emails. Avoid excessive information: If something important happens in the world you will hear about it - or its good conversation when you meet with a friend "whats new in the world?
Aug 22, J. Penn rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book that changed my life a few years ago. My aim was to be location independent, after a number of businesses and investments that tied me to one place.
This book helped me see it was possible. Aug 17, Kara rated it did not like it Recommends it for: People who hate their lives. I just started this book, and I can't even finish it. Aside from the author grating on my last nerve with each page turn, I find his outlook on life to be overly fantastical. This book appeals to people who are working in dead end jobs that are hellish to say the least, and offers a way out to people who have lost hope.
But I'll tell you something. If making a ton of money, working a 4-hour work week, and living like a millionaire were easy, everyone would do it. The fact that he's one of FEW that do, tells you that it's not for everyone.
He takes you through an exercise that makes you write down your worst-case scenario of things that would happen if you just quit your job today to live like this. I'm not sure how he can just sit there and think that losing your home, going bankrupt, having your credit ruined, etc. Something tells me he's never had to deal with anything like a mortgage or the a home foreclosure. I saw him on the Today Show once with Donny Deutsch who vehemently disagreed with everything this guy had to say.
Donny, who is one of the "living dead" according to Timothy Ferris, is also a highly successful businessman. If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want. So instead of focusing on doing as much as you can as best as you can, just focus on doing the few things that will lead to the biggest progress. Lesson 2: Always validate your business ideas. Will your idea for knitted coffee cosies be a hit?
They need one shoe in one size, and the other in another size. Our idea was to go to shoe manufacturers, collect all the leftovers in different sizes, pair them up and sell them for cheap.
Late in I wanted to create my first proper digital product. A course.