The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

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Overview

More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content.

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:
•How Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week
•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 frequent “mini-retirements”

The new expanded edition of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek includes:
•More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point
•Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating e-mail, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than $8 a meal
•How Lifestyle Design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times
•The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either

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Editorial Reviews

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"It's about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador. This will be huge."
—Jack Canfield, Co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, 100+ million copies sold

"This is a whole new ball game.  Highly recommended."
—Dr. Stewart D. Friedman, Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School

"Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life,
it's all here. Whether you're a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, this book will change your life!"
—Phil Town, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Rule #1

"The 4-Hour Workweek is a new way of solving a very old problem: just how can we work to live and prevent our lives from being all about work?  A world of infinite options awaits those who would read this book and be inspired by it!"  
—Michael E. Gerber, Founder & Chairman of E-Myth Worldwide and the World's #1 Small Business Guru

“Timothy has packed more lives into his 29 years than Steve Jobs has in his 51.”
—Tom Foremski, Journalist and Publisher of SiliconValleyWatcher.com

“Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I have more time in my life to travel, spend time with family and write book blurbs. This is a dazzling and highly useful work.”
—A.J. Jacobs, Editor-at-Large, Esquire Magazine, Author of The Know-It-All

"If you want to live life on your own terms, this is your blueprint."
—Mike Maples, Co-founder of Motive Communications (IPO to $260M market cap), Founding Executive of Tivoli (sold to IBM for $750M)

"Tim is Indiana Jones for the digital age. I've already used his advice to go spearfishing on remote islands and ski the best hidden slopes of Argentina. Simply put, do what he says and you can live like a millionaire."
—Albert Pope, Derivatives Trading, UBS World Headquarters

“This engaging book makes you ask the most important question that you will ever face: What exactly is it that you want out of work and life, and why? Tim Ferriss is a master of getting more for less, often with the help of people he doesn't even know, and here he gives away his secrets for fulfilling your dreams.”
—Bo Burlingham, Editor-at-Large, Inc. magazine and author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big

"Reading this book is like putting a few zeros on your income.  Tim brings lifestyle to a new level–listen to him!"
—Michael D. Kerlin, McKinsey & Company Consultant to Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund and J. William Fulbright Scholar

"Part scientist and part adventure hunter, Tim Ferriss has created a road map for an entirely new world.  I devoured this book in one sitting–I have seen nothing like it."
—Charles L. Brock, Chairman and CEO, Brock Capital Group; Former CFO, COO, and General Counsel, Scholastic, Inc.; Former President, Harvard Law School Association

"Outsourcing is no longer just for Fortune 500 companies.  Small and mid-sized firms, as well as busy professionals, can outsource their work to increase their productivity and free time for more important commitments. It's time for the world to take advantage of this revolution.”
—Vivek Kulkarni, CEO Brickwork India and former IT Secretary, Bangalore;Credited as the “techno-bureaucrat” who helped make Bangalore an IT destination in India

"Tim is the master! I should know. I followed his rags to riches path and watched him transform himself from competitive fighter to entrepreneur. He tears apart conventional assumptions until he finds a better way."
—Dan Partland, Emmy Award-Winning Producer; American High, Welcome to the Dollhouse

"The 4-Hour Workweek is an absolute necessity for those adventurous souls who want to live life to its fullest.  Buy it and read it before you sacrifice any more!"
—John Lusk, Group Product Manager, Microsoft World Headquarters

"If you want to live your dreams now, and not in 20 or 30 years, buy this book!"
—Laura Roden, Chairman of the Silicon Valley Association of Start-up Entrepreneurs;Lecturer in Corporate Finance, San Jose State University

“With this kind of time management and focus on the important things in life, people should be able to get 15 times as much done in a normal work week.”
—Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Financiers to innovators including Hotmail, Skype, and Overture.com

"Tim Ferriss’s book is about gaining the courage to streamline your life… But even more than that, it challenges the reader to seriously consider an essential–yet rarely asked–question:  What do you really want from life?"
—Rolf Potts, Author of Vagabonding and Travel Columnist for Yahoo! News

"Tim has done what most people only dream of doing. I can't believe he is going to let his secrets out of the bag. This book is a must read!"
—Stephen Key, Top Inventor and Team Designer of Teddy Ruxpin, Lazer Tag; Consultant to “American Inventor”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307465351
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 18,158
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 5.82 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

TIMOTHY FERRISS is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and angel investor/advisor (Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more).  Best known for his rapid-learning techniques, Tim's books — The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef — have been published in 30+ languages. The 4-Hour Workweek has spent seven years on The New York Times bestseller list. Tim has been featured by more than 100 media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Outside, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and CNN. He has guest lectured in entrepreneurship at Princeton University since 2003. His popular blog www.fourhourblog.com has 1M+ monthly readers, and his Twitter account @tferriss was selected by Mashable as one of only five “Must-Follow” accounts for entrepreneurs. Tim’s primetime TV show, The Tim Ferriss Experiment (www.upwave.com/tfx), teaches rapid-learning techniques for helping viewers to produce seemingly superhuman results in minimum time.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    Not for the Faint Hearted

    The first 100 pages seem like "Pie in the Sky" and that most people couldn't do what the author suggests. Then the more you read, the more "possible" it starts to become. By page 215 you are looking to talk with a friend about the possibilities! I am a retired Marine and not interested in world-wide travel, so the last part, while very informative, was not relevant to my goals. I was very impressed with his research on the various business services that are available from the Internet. I appreciated his personal observations regarding their abilities to deliver the service and/or product. He provides practical tips and warnings about Internet organizations and other countries that would not come to mind (until you were caught up in a problem). I believe that this book provides some real useful information for someone who is interested in starting up a small business or breaking away from a 9-5 job. But it is not for the faint-hearted. For this to work, you will have to let go of a lifetime of learned business patterns and rules. Even if you don't take the plunge, it is interesting to learn of those who have....and their success.

    22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Interesting concepts, faulty delivery

    The idea for this book is outstanding. The title is memorable, but not exactly true unless your personal definition of work is what this author's is. (I think he presents it as doing the things you must do in your business that you don't like doing and can't outsource.)

    There are concepts presented that are life-changing or that will give you food for thought. However, it is not at all an easy read. The writing style just did not flow at all for me. The author is highly opinionated. I agreed with some but not all of them.

    I have very mixed feelings after reading this book. I too have been making lifestyle changes to have a better life. Having passion for what you do makes "work" not something to get over in 4 hrs. It doesn't feel like work is a 4 letter word.

    Still, the sound examples presented here that you can do most things in life that you want for far less money than becoming a millionaire is very enlightening. I do agree that prioritizing time wisely is a terrific investment in yourself, and frees up time to do the things in life that make it worthwhile.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    Tim's book changed my life. I realize this makes me sound like

    Tim's book changed my life.

    I realize this makes me sound like some hired Indian VA writing a review. But, it's true. I'll tell you. But first, I DON'T think this book will have that much of an impact on you if you are already exposed to entrepreneurial thinking, or minimalism, or delegation, or the secret that much in life is negotiable.

    If you know those things already, great. Tim's book won't add much that's new. Most of it is derivative.

    But if you aren't familiar with those topics, this book is gold. Tim has distilled the main ideas many other books into a highly readable, motivational book. Whether he's added anything new is a debate I'll leave to others. It was new to ME. For most of the general public, this book is different from anything they've ever read.

    This is also a very practical book. Tim's resource lists and how-to's are great, I've often used this book as a reference since reading it.

    The main lessons I got from the book were: Work on things that provide long term value (capital), Cut out distractions and clutter and to free my time.

    So, as for how Tim's book changed my life. I read it in late 2010, while I was an unhappy law student. I wasn't looking forward to a career as a lawyer. I had gone into law school because the other jobs I tried didn't seem interesting either. It may sound strange, but I wasn't imaginative enough to try entrepreneurship. I literally had no idea how to do it, or how simple it could be. No one in my family was in business, so I had no reference model.

    Reading the Four Hour Workweek made me see how I could create a business. And I did. I had no idea what I was doing most of the way, but I'm now happily self-employed. I don't have a full time VA, but I use 5 contractors on eLance for illustration, design, proofreading, marketing consulting and general tasks.

    I earn monthly royalties that are about a quarter of a full time income. I make the rest of my money from activities that pay at a high hourly rate, and spend the bulk of my time working on new long term ideas that are adding to my monthly income. This is the goal I took from the Four Hour Workweek: Work on capital, rather than trade your time directly for money. My focus goes into building products that will pay out over time without additional work.

    I actually work a LOT, but it doesn't feel like it. My time is my own. I can take a day off without issue. I can go for a walk mid-day when I feel like it, or go see a museum, or a friend. And I DO these things, regularly, in the middle of work. Work itself rarely feels like work, because doing something on my own has given me variety. Learning is what motivates me, and working for yourself gives you learning opportunities galore.

    My only two reasons for doing work are now: 1. I enjoy it AND it will help achieve my long run goals OR 2. It pays so well that I ought to do it for short term cash flow.

    This means that most of the time I'm either enjoying myself or earning good money. On my own schedule.

    I was able to travel for a month last year. I took a month-long working holiday to Cuba (I'm Canadian). They have almost no internet, so I had a distraction free environment. I was at a phase in my work where I just had to write for a month, so it was perfect. The pace of life was totally different, I was very relaxed, and yet I got 50% more done than I would have in Canada. This is something I could not have done (and would not have thought possible) without reading Tim's book.

    If you've ever thought about working for yourself but don't know how, you NEED to read this book. But remember to generalize, and only take what's applicable to your situation. This book turns some people off because they read a section and think "I would never do that" or "I have no need for that idea". As a result, they ignore all the stuff that IS applicable to them. Meanwhile, the stuff they ignored is highly useful to others.

    I've reread this book 3 times. As my situation has changed over two years, I've noticed that different parts become more relevant in light of experience.

    I can't recommend this book highly enough. Go read it.

    Tim's other book (The Four Hour Body) also changed my life. His chapter on "reversing permanent injuries" helped me get rid of arm pain that had stopped me from typing for six months. But that's another story....anyway, I linked to the book below.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    Be debt free before Reading this book

    This book assumes that you are dept-free and can leave your current job without suffering serious financial consequences, like foreclosure on a home or being sued for nonpayment of a debt. At best it assumes that you have enough money in the bank that you can leave your job and start your own "money making" business.
    If you are dept-free then there are some things in this book that may be useful.

    5 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Tim does it again...

    I stumbled across Tim Ferriss a few years ago with his first edition of The 4-Hour Workweek. I devoured the entire book over the course of a quick trip home for the holidays and haven't looked back since. Everyone wants to get out of the rat race, this is nothing new. Ferriss' approach however, is, in my opinion. There are no excuses, and now with the newest edition, slammed with even more resources and reference materials, you really are you're own worst enemy. Usually that cliche phrase leads to an instantaneous cringe, but in this case, it's a good thing. It is an opportunity not to be missed out on. The book has altered my perspective on so many things and I continue to re-read chapters when I can. Can you tell I'm a fan yet?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Amazing book!

    This is such an interesting concept of how to look at life. Truly a paradigm shift from societal norm. It is inspiring and seems relatively easy to implement. I am an entrepreneur and do have more flexibility than most, regardless absolutely would recommend this book without reservation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Buy it if you're done with the RAT RACE!

    I love it! I will use it whenever and wherever I need too! This book is truly revolutionary. It is only useful if you read it and use it! This is one of those books you keep selfishly to yourself. Thanks Tim!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Change Your Outlook

    This book really can change your outlook on your career and help you think about ways to break out of the daily grind - if that's not your thing, of course. It gives you some really interesting alternatives to consider as a way to live your life. Definitely not the college, job, wife, kids routine that everyone is taught.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    A Very Worthwhile Read!

    I read this book a few weeks ago and loved it. It has a lot of great information on actually starting a small business, not just inspirational words - although I found the book to be inspirational as well. The whole focus of the book is how to better spend your time. Instead of just doing work for work's sake, Ferriss gives concrete ways to minimize the time you spend on things that you don't love to do and maximize your time for doing things you love. The one complaint that I have is that as a senior in college, there's a whole section of the book that wasn't really applicable to me about making your work situation remote. Even if not everything in the book isn't applicable, the principles are still great and the material is presenting in an easy to read, interesting way.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    Great foothold to get your life under control!!

    this book is pure inspiration to anyone whose day-to-day existance has spiraled out of control. Great start to get a handle on things, and back on track to a rewarding, happy life!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    4 hour week is possible... but

    This book which is an updated version of the previous version is pretty good.

    However it more for those who have an idea/product/services that can do it via the internet.

    However the author is very big on outsourcing to oversea (because it cheaper)

    I gave it a 3 star because it didnt come with a workbook.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2014

    This book changed my life.  My entire way of thinking shifted.  

    This book changed my life.  My entire way of thinking shifted.  From the way I valued my own time, to expanding my view of the world to see the endless possibilities there are outside of "the status quo,"  this book is the number one book I recommend to every person who asks.  Whether you're sick of the rat race/9-5 job, or you just want to learn everyday "life hacks," this book adds value to everyone who reads it.  Personally, this book was the catalyst that drove me (and taught me how) to start my own business, resign from my life-sucking  corporate job, and forever live life on my own terms.  I am so grateful for Tim Ferriss and everyone else who helped make this book a reality.  There is a reason this book has been at the top of the "Best in Business" books since 2009.  Do yourself a favor...read it.  It is the single best investment I have ever made.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    A tip of the iceberg book!

    If you are looking for real guidance to help you create a business that will net you lots of income with as little effort this book will tell some of the answers to your questions. The author gives some interesting advice but it seems more like he wrote this book to make more money for himself and very little of it to help you make money. So no altruism here!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

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    Ideal.

    This book is very persuasive. It makes you feel like you can do anything--you probably can. The first half of this book I was thinking that this guy had to be joking. It was not practical. By the second half though, he built the foundation. He brings up questions like,"why is the business world run on an arbitrary 8 hour shift?" He really makes you think about how productive you truly can be

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Excellent Read - Great perspectives, Great Concepts

    This book is definitely eye-opening and provides a different perspective on how you can essentially outsource the non-value added activities in your life and focus primarily on what is absolutely essential. Some of it is a far reach for many of us, but that's great. It gives the extreme examples of how you can achieve this. It's not so much about working only 4 hours per week, but rather it's the concept that you can set up a system that generates cash flow for you while you outsource the low impact low reward activities. In turn, you can really enjoy your life and not wait around for those two measly weeks of vacation you get per year to relax.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Four Hour Week

    Tim has a very inspirational way of writing books. The flow was a bit clunky, but great information. Even if you don't plan to make to "new rich" status by running a business 4 hours a week, there are plenty of thought provoking ideas in there to help you make your life better. Just by eliminating the clutter or getting more organized. If you have a job that could be done completely from home, his model to make that happen is great and he takes you step by step through the process. The book does cause you to look at life a little differently. We are taught to work our whole life then retire when we are almost too old to enjoy it. He challenges people to think outside the box, consider that there is more to life and live it. To make time to do the things that you enjoy and to spend time with family and have a richer life, instead of work it all away. Outsourcing and delegating tasks that take up lots of time and how to travel like the rich without spending a fortune. All great information.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    A life-changing way of looking at our the way we live our life

    Tim provides the blueprint to be used in changing the life that everyone is accustomed to from birth to retirement. He offers a convincing way of lookin at and living life now rather than waiting till retirement when your life has already passed you by and you can't do the things you thought could be done during retirement.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    As Good and Better than the Original

    The newly added material is fantastic. Even if you read the original edition, the new content makes the expanded and updated edition worth your while.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I continue to re-buy this book as a gift

    I have purchased several copies of this book and shared it with colleagues and even my college age kids. It introduces a type of thinking that most people do not get exposed to in their lifetimes. It is possible to readjust your life and to manage your affairs through delegation - provided you have a good idea to begin with. It is aspirational and worth the time if you're ready to start something new...once and for all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Excellent

    Could not ask for more, great motivational book.

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