The 4-hour Work Week

The 4-hour Work Week

Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Book - 2007
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What do you do? Tim Ferriss has trouble answering the question. Depending on when you ask this
controversial Princeton University guest lecturer, he might answer:

"I race motorcycles in Europe."
"I ski in the Andes."
"I scuba dive in Panama."
"I dance tango in Buenos Aires."

He has spent more than five years learning the secrets of the New Rich, a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the "deferred-life plan" and instead mastered the new currencies--time and mobility--to create luxury lifestyles in the here and now.

Whether you are an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is the compass for a new and revolutionary world. Join Tim Ferriss as he teaches you:

• How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
• How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
• How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
• How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and freuent "mini-retirements"
• What the crucial difference is between absolute and relative income
• How to train your boss to value performance over presence, or kill your job (or company) if it's beyond repair
• What automated cash-flow "muses" are and how to create one in 2 to 4 weeks
• How to cultivate selective ignorance--and create time--with a low-information diet
• What the management secrets of Remote Control CEOs are
• How to get free housing worldwide and airfare at 50--80% off
• How to fill the void and create a meaningful life after removing work and the office

You can have it all--really.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307353139
0307353133
Branch Call Number: 650.1
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 22 cm.

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meg09
Jan 06, 2017

I am not an entrepreneur, so for obvious reasons I loved the part of the book till where it talked about time saving techniques. First half was pretty interesting but I simply skimmed the second half applying Tim's speed reading technique where he said to skip starting and ending 3 words in a line :)

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dgl4024
Mar 21, 2014

I started this book but didn't finish it. I stopped reading because I was getting tired of the author's self-congratulatory attitude to everything he did.
Then when I read his comments on dreams, he states (my paraphrase) "If you are going to dream, dream big. Only big dreams are worthwhile." he lost me completely.

I have heard other people state similar views and it quite frankly turns me off. I believe that dreams are dreams, some big, some small. My take is that Ferriss and others like him believe that by dreaming big, you push or motivate yourself to stretch and reach for it in a way that you hadn't or wouldn't otherwise. Even if I believed that, which I don't completely, I still wouldn't say that small and medium dreams have no value.

I was hoping this book would give me insights to getting more done, and had I finished it maybe I would think differently, but frankly I doubt it.

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galactickim
Jan 24, 2014

While there is no way I could get my job down to 4 hours a week, there are some great strategies in here for those people who find themselves overwhelmed and stressed out.

Definitely some gold nuggets in here.

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metissamurai
Jan 24, 2011

I really enjoyed this book and have found myself regularly promoting it as a must read. There are many practical skills he recommends and most importantly, the author ends each chapter with a challenge to the reader.

I'm currently in the process of implementing the "lifestyle redesign" recommendations.

This book doesn't have all the answers, but it does provide the kick in the pants to take action. At least for myself.

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reader009
Dec 03, 2009

i didn't have time to finish this last time but the first few chapters are great.

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