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


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:

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“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 ...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

“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

"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: 9780786149254
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 5 cassettes, 416 minutes
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 2.80 (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 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 (, teaches rapid-learning techniques for helping viewers to produce seemingly superhuman results in minimum time.

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Cautions and Comparisons

How to Burn $1,000,000 a night

These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever,” when really the fever has us.

—seneca (4 b.c.–a.d. 65)

I also have in mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver fetters.

—henry david thoreau (1817–1862)

1:00 a.m. cst, 30,000 feet over las vegas

His friends, drunk to the point of speaking in tongues, were asleep. It was just the two of us now in first-class. He extended his hand to introduce himself, and an enormous—Looney Tunes enormous—diamond ring appeared from the ether as his fingers crossed under my reading light.

Mark was a legitimate magnate. He had, at different times, run practically all the gas stations, convenience stores, and gambling in South Carolina. He confessed with a half smile that, in an average trip to Sin City, he and his fellow weekend warriors might lose an average of $500,000 to $1,000,000—each. Nice.

He sat up in his seat as the conversation drifted to my travels, but I was more interested in his astounding record of printing money.

“So, of all your businesses, which did you like the most?”

The answer took less than a second of thought.

“None of them.”

He explained that he had spent more than 30 years with people he didn’t like to buy things he didn’t need. Life had become a succession of trophy wives—he was on lucky number three—expensive cars, and other empty bragging rights. Mark was one of the living dead.

This is exactly where we don’t want to end up.

Apples and Oranges: A Comparison

So, what makes the difference? What separates the New Rich, characterized by options, from the Deferrers (D), those who save it all for the end only to find that life has passed them by?

It begins at the beginning. The New Rich can be separated from the crowd based on their goals, which reflect very distinct priorities and life philosophies.

Note how subtle differences in wording completely change the necessary actions for fulfilling what at a glance appear to be similar goals. These are not limited to business owners. Even the first, as I will show later, applies to employees.

D:To work for yourself.

NR:To have others work for you.

D:To work when you want to.

NR:To prevent work for work’s sake, and to do the minimum necessary for maximum effect (“minimum effective load”).

D:To retire early or young.

NR:To distribute recovery periods and adventures (mini-retirements) throughout life on a regular basis and recognize that inactivity is not the goal. Doing that which excites you is.

D:To buy all the things you want to have.

NR:To do all the things you want to do, and be all the things you want to be. If this includes some tools and gadgets, so be it, but they are either means to an end or bonuses, not the focus.

D:To be the boss instead of the employee; to be in charge.

NR:To be neither the boss nor the employee, but the owner. To own the trains and have someone else ensure they run on time.

D:To make a ton of money.

NR:To make a ton of money with specific reasons and defined dreams to chase, timelines and steps included. What are you working for?

D:To have more.

NR:To have more quality and less clutter. To have huge financial reserves but recognize that most material wants are justifications for spending time on the things that don’t really matter, including buying things and preparing to buy things. You spent two weeks negotiating your new Infiniti with the dealership and got $10,000 off? That’s great. Does your life have a purpose? Are you contributing anything useful to this world, or just shuffling papers, banging on a keyboard, and coming home to a drunken existence on the weekends?

D:To reach the big pay-off, whether IPO, acquisition, retirement, or other pot of gold.

NR:To think big but ensure payday comes every day: cash flow first, big payday second.

D:To have freedom from doing that which you dislike.

NR:To have freedom from doing that which you dislike, but also the freedom and resolve to pursue your dreams without reverting to work for work’s sake (W4W). After years of repetitive work, you will often need to dig hard to find your passions, redefine your dreams, and revive hobbies that you let atrophy to near extinction. The goal is not to simply eliminate the bad, which does nothing more than leave you with a vacuum, but to pursue and experience the best in the world.

Getting Off the Wrong Train

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.

—richard p. feynman, Nobel Prize–winning physicist

Enough is enough. Lemmings no more. The blind quest for cash is a fool’s errand.

I’ve chartered private planes over the Andes, enjoyed many of the best wines in the world in between world-class ski runs, and lived like a king, lounging by the infinity pool of a private villa. Here’s the little secret I rarely tell: It all cost less than rent in the United States. If you can free your time and location, your money is automatically worth 3–10 times as much.

This has nothing to do with currency rates. Being financially rich and having the ability to live like a millionaire are fundamentally two very different things.

Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it. I call this the “freedom multiplier.”

Using this as our criterion, the 80-hour-per-week, $500,000-per-year investment banker is less “powerful” than the employed NR who works 1?4 the hours for $40,000, but has complete freedom of when, where, and how to live. The former’s $500,000 may be worth less than $40,000 and the latter’s $40,000 worth more than $500,000 when we run the numbers and look at the lifestyle output of their money.

Options—the ability to choose—is real power. This book is all about how to see and create those options with the least ef- fort and cost. It just so happens, paradoxically, that you can make more money—a lot more money—by doing half of what you are doing now.

So, Who Are the NR?

qThe employee who rearranges his schedule and negotiates a remote work agreement to achieve 90% of the results in one-tenth of the time, which frees him to practice cross-country skiing and take road trips with his family two weeks per month.

qThe business owner who eliminates the least profitable customers and projects, outsources all operations entirely, and travels the world collecting rare documents, all while working remotely on a website to showcase her own illustration work.

qThe student who elects to risk it all—which is nothing—to establish an online video rental service that delivers $5,000 per month in income from a small niche of HDTV aficionados, a two-hour-per-week side project that allows him to work full-time as an animal rights lobbyist.

The options are limitless, but each path begins with the same first step: replacing assumptions.

To join the movement, you will need to learn a new lexicon and recalibrate direction using a compass for an unusual world. From inverting responsibility to jettisoning the entire concept of “success,” we need to change the rules.


New Players for a New Game: Global and Unrestricted


Civilization had too many rules for me, so I did my best to rewrite them.—Bill Cosby

As he rotated 360 degrees through the air, the deafening noise turned to silence. Dale Begg-Smith executed the backflip perfectly—skis crossed in an X over his head—and landed in the record books as he slid across the finish.

It was February 16, 2006, and he was now a mogul-skiing gold medalist at the Turin Winter Olympics. Unlike other full-time athletes, he will never have to return to a dead-end job after his moment of glory, nor will he look back at this day as the climax of his only passion. After all, he was only 21 years old and drove a black Lamborghini.

Born a Canadian and something of a late bloomer, Dale found his calling, an Internet-based IT company, at the age of 13. Fortunately, he had a more-experienced mentor and partner to guide him: his 15-year-old brother, Jason. Created to fund their dreams of standing atop the Olympic podium, it would, only two years later, become the third-largest company of its kind in the world.

While Dale’s teammates were hitting the slopes for extra sessions, he was often buying sake for clients in Tokyo. In a world of “work harder, not smarter,” it came to pass that his coaches felt he was spending too much time on his business and not enough time in training, despite his results.

Rather than choose between his business or his dream, Dale chose to move laterally with both, from either/or to both/and. He wasn’t spending too much time on his business; he and his brother were spending too much time with Canucks.

In 2002, they moved to the ski capital of the world, Australia, where the team was smaller, more flexible, and coached by a legend. Three short years later, he received citizenship, went head-to-head against former teammates, and became the third “Aussie” in history to win winter gold.

In the land of wallabies and big surf, Dale has since gone postal. Literally. Right next to the Elvis Presley commemorative edition, you can buy stamps with his face on them.

Fame has its perks, as does looking outside the choices presented to you. There are always lateral options.


Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.—John F. Kennedy

Some people remain convinced that just a bit more money will make things right. Their goals are arbitrary moving targets: $300,000 in the bank, $1,000,000 in the portfolio, $100,000 a year instead of $50,000, etc. Julie’s goal made intrinsic sense: come back with the same number of children she had left with.

She reclined in her seat and glanced across the aisle past her sleeping husband, Marc, counting as she had done thousands of times—one, two, three. So far so good. In 12 hours, they would all be back in Paris, safe and sound. That was assuming the plane from New Caledonia held together, of course.

New Caledonia?

Nestled in the tropics of the Coral Sea, New Caledonia was a French territory and where Julie and Marc had just sold the sailboat that took them 15,000 miles around the world. Of course, recouping their initial investment had been part of the plan. All said and done, their 15-month exploration of the globe, from the gondola-rich waterways of Venice to the tribal shores of Polynesia, had cost between $18,000 and $19,000. Less than rent and baguettes in Paris.

Most people would consider this impossible. Then again, most people don’t know that more than 300 families set sail from France each year to do the same.

The trip had been a dream for almost two decades, relegated to the back of the line behind an ever-growing list of responsibilities. Each passing moment brought a new list of reasons for putting it off. One day, Julie realized that if she didn’t do it now, she would never do it. The rationalizations, legitimate or not, would just continue to add up and make it harder to convince herself that escape was possible.

One year of preparation and one 30-day trial run with her husband later, they set sail on the trip of a lifetime. Julie realized almost as soon as the anchor lifted that, far from being a reason not to travel and seek adventure, children are perhaps the best reason of all to do both.

Pre-trip, her three little boys had fought like banshees at the drop of a hat. In the process of learning to coexist in a floating bedroom, they learned patience, as much for themselves as for the sanity of their parents. Pre-trip, books were about as appealing as eating sand. Given the alternative of staring at a wall on the open sea, all three learned to love books. Pulling them out of school for one aca- demic year and exposing them to new environments had proven to be the best investment in their education to date.

Now sitting in the plane, Julie looked out at the clouds as the wing cut past them, already thinking of their next plans: to find a place in the mountains and ski all year long, using income from a sail-rigging workshop to fund the slopes and more travel.

Now that she had done it once, she had the itch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    As a work-a-holic small business owner, I had high hopes for this book. I had seen or heard the raves by other authors, editors, magazines, etc. What all the reviews fail to mention is that many of the ideas and practices in this book are borderline unethical and downright selfish. Examples of questionable behavior Timothy encourages include lying to your boss, looking for loopholes so you can win, farming work to cheap overseas labor, and many more. I believe in working smarter, not harder, but I also believe in being honest and not bending the rules just to suit my needs or just to prove I can get away with it. It's also a book written for single people who have nobody else to consider except themselves. If you're married and/or have kids, you'll find yourself struggling through the 'travel the world' parts of the book. Not that it's impossible, just very improbable, to do with a family. What I DID like was the idea of automating as much as you possibly can.This book encourages and even gives you many step by step instructions on how to do that. That's why I didn't give it the lowest rating available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    Challenging Outdated Beliefs

    When my husband brought home a copy of Timothy Ferriss' The 4 Hour Work Week, I was intrigued by the title and eagerly delved into it, in a quest to discover the secrets to accomplishing such a feat. Heck, I'd be happy with a 34 hour work week. For me, the book was a page turner, as Ferriss revealed the various aspects of his plan for Definition, Elimination, Automation and Liberation 'DEAL.' What I liked about the book: * Ferriss challenges the idea that people have to work 30-40 years before they can retire and enjoy life. The idea is to do and accomplish what you want now. * Ferriss offers a new vision of how to live life and advocates taking mini-retirements throughout your life, while you are still physically able to enjoy them. * The book provides ideas and instruction on how to finance this type of lifestyle, using what he refers to as 'a muse' business which 'through simplification and automation' requires very little management from you. * The book recommends eliminating things which cause stress and waste time. An example of time wasters are events such as meetings, constantly checking e-mail, and casual work conversations that are not relevant to your work - all of which result in a disruption of productive work. For time wasting items, Ferriss recommends outsourcing and/or delegating non-essential tasks. He also recommends firing stress causing clients whose accounts produce very little revenue and also encourages the elimination of excessive clutter from work and home. * Ferriss advocates implementing these strategies to enable us to do more of what matters most. What I did not like about the book: * As a 40 something reader, Ferriss' writing and choice of words struck me at times as the writing and of someone who lacked life experience. * Some of the methods Ferris utilizes and recommends for implementing the strategies outlined in the book, seemed somewhat dishonest and are things I personally would not be comfortable doing. Overall, I admire Ferriss' willingness to challenge the same old ideas and beliefs about how life should be lived. The book is refreshing in that it offers a new perspective and options on how to live life differently. Lilia Fallgatter, Author

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    I can't begin to describe how badly I wanted to like this book when I first began reading it. Unfortunately I quickly discovered that Mr. Ferriss seems to be one of those coworkers we all dread having; never around, can never be reached, and somehow still pulling in a paycheck. We have all seen this happen before, and I suppose it was inevitable that one such person would eventually write a book detailing how they get away with it. I understand that there is a market out there for a book that promises easy money, but I don't think that money should ever, *ever* come at the expense of others. Automation is well and good, but I get the feeling that Mr. Ferriss's coworkers and employees would prefer he treated them as human beings, not machines. His techniques might bring success, but not at a price I'm willing to pay.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

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

    Look, this book has some good parts, but it comes of as a internet scam kinda feel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

    One of My Favorite Books of All Time

    As the author of the international bestseller 'The Joy of Not Working' and 'How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free', I follow the principles in my books. I have a great lifestyle because I work only 4 to 5 hours a day and make a comfortable living - better than 80 percent of working people. In my books I advocate that people leave corporate life as soon as possible and work less than half the hours of the average working stiff. I always considered that my paradigm is much different than that of the average working person. But after reading ¿The 4-Hour Workweek¿, I realize that my paradigm is much closer to that of the average working person than that of Tim Ferris. I now want to operate closer to the level of Tim Ferris. I love this book. I disagree with most of the negative comments made by certain reviewers. There is a lot of valuable material in this classic that we all can use although we may never get to the point of working only 4 hours a week. We may be able to work only two hours a day, however, and still make a great living. Some of the most important principles in this book are: 1. Get unrealistic. 2. Practice the art of nonfinishing. 3. Cultivate selective ignorance. 4. Do not multi-task. 5. Outsource as much of your life as you can. 6. Being busy is a form of laziness - lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. 7. Forget about time management. This book is written for ordinary people who want to accomplish extraordinary things with minimal time involved. Here are five of several favorite quotes from ¿The 4-Hour Workweek¿ that I intend to place on 'The Joy of Not Working' Website: 1. If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think. 2. The blind quest for cash is a fool's errand. 3. It's lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for 'realistic' goals, paradoxically making them the most time-consuming and energy consuming. It is easier to raise $10,000,000 than it is $1,000,000. It is easier to pick up the one perfect 10 in the bar than the five 8s. 4. The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone is aiming for base hits. 5. Tens of thousands of people, most of them less capable than you, leave their jobs every day. It's neither uncommon nor fatal. In short, 'The 4-Hour Workweek' can set you on a new course in life where you have a lot more leisure time and a lot more money at the same time. In fact, the material in this book, as in Richard Koch's ¿Living the 80/20 Way¿, can be much more valuable than an MBA if you would like to get what you want out of life without killing yourself for it. But you will have to take risks and give up some of your most treasured beliefs. No doubt most people will read ¿The 4-Hour Workweek¿ and not consider making any major changes to get out of their stale, boring jobs. As Timothy Ferris states, 'Pure hell forces action, but anything less can be endured with enough clever rationalization.' If you would like to be one of the few who enjoy a life filled with a lot of freedom and leisure, however, then read this book and adopt the principles that resonate with you. Follow these principles religiously and your life will likely change dramatically for the better.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    Brilliant and Epic!!

    Love the cover it's self explanatory! I love the dreamlining of having,being and doing. Love the eye gasing part.And for sure it should be in the "Christmas Gift List". And "Wish List".

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    It's not just a book it is a must-have tool

    Timothy Ferriss creates a baseline foundation to establishing your ultimate dream, working less while still getting paid in large amounts. It is a tool I use in my everyday life with work and personal life. The things you learn in this book are hard to forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is a must read kind of book. Very intresting in todays tech savy world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    Hate working for someone else? Read this book!

    When I first picked this book up it was on a friend's recommendation. I read a little bit, but then put it down for a while not having the time in my busy life for one more project. I was laid off from my job a few months later and picked it up once again. I read it from cover to cover three times within a one month period and by the end of that month, I had started on a journey like none I had ever encountered before. In the year following my three readings, I started my own company, traveled half the world, and had three assistants, now working for me! The concept in this book CHANGED MY LIFE! So read! Do it now! Don't wait!

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

    Brilliant sometimes, incoherent many, the bipolar book

    Timothy Ferriss's book "The 4-Hour Workweek is sometimes brilliant,deliverying inventive ways to look at work and wealth,but often impossible to follow, wandering into flights of fancy concerning international travel, methods of acheiving goals described and markets, products, etc.being described. While it would be unfair and lazy to expect Mr. Ferris to plot the path of success for his readers, we must hope to find enough of a coherent, sane structure to Mr. Ferris' ideas to be able to at least catch a foothold or a place to lift from. Such places to "pick up" the somewhat vaporous book are there, but they must be searched for. It is often like trying to grasp smoke.

    It must be said that Timothy Ferriss seems completely unpretentious, and that is a high compliment in this type of writer. He is who he is, radical in his thinking, direct in his speech and with a vision of his own. Whether that vision can be transferred in any real way to anyone else is still open to debate. It seems to be a very flexible, fast changing philosophy with few constants, at one moment praising those who live to travel the world and spend few hours in their business, at others praising well known workaholics who are fastened to their business as a way of life. If there is any point at which the hyperbole of the publisher may have overcome the candor of the writer, it is in the title: The "4-Hour Workweek" is NOT to be taken literally.

    Also to be dismissed rather rapidly is the author's advice to those employed by others: It simply will not work. Technology now makes it possible to place badges on employees tipping the boss that they are even going to the bathroom, and more and more firms are using massive and invasive methods to insure that their employees are under the watchful eye of management no matter where they are. This book will be useful to pioneers of a new age who are truly free agents, not to employees.

    The book seems to be aimed at what can be called "the Ferris type", the reader who will be able to intuitively grasp what Mr Ferris is visualizing. It seems clearly understood that the reader will want to be on the move constantly, a world traveler, a serial entrapreneur. This book is not for those seeking a settled estate, or who wish to use their earned free time to sit and read quietly or fund (or create) a cultured well rooted set of long lasting institutions. It is almost impossible to even see how a family could fit into the constantly moving, flexible and chaotic lifestyle described by Ferris. As a general rule, I do not really like to travel, so I was an alien reader to this book from the first moment. The goal somewhat determines the method.

    This is not to say the book is not useful, and for the nuggets of inventive thinking it is worthwhile to read. Creative delagation of tasks, outsourcing in a strategic way to not only reduce costs but to increase the autonomy of the management/owner of business, and automation of many processes of life as well as wealth earning and management are worth more study, much more, and "The 4-Hour Workweek" contributes valuable tools to this effort. While many of the ideas seem wildly impractical in most businesses due to lack of cooperative coparties, some will work in a business designed for them or in niches of a lifestyle designed to use them.

    In sum, the book must be taken not as a whole comprehensive method, but as a collection

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  • Posted October 3, 2009

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    Lays Breadcrumbs

    If you want to live life on your own terms, this book starts you off on the right path.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2009

    Entertaining and informative

    Good introduction and insight into modern business practices for the 21st century entrepreneur.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

    It's a compelling book but I didn't understand some of the terminology used

    The terminology used in how to juggle your own job with the methods to earn money were hard to follow for the reader who is new to this concept to understand.

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

    If you're ready, this book WILL change your life.

    Hands down the single most revolutionary book of the last 10 years. As a recent college-which-is-really-now-just-the-new-high-school graduate, I, like so many others of my generation simply am not wired to take the crap that corporate America tries to shovel on my soul... so I quit job after job looking for something that's at least SOMEWHAT fun while a good living, and something that reflects the value I know I can provide to any company...

    When along comes Tim Ferriss and this ridiculously brilliant (and simple, and boundary-breaking) book. 4-Hour Work Week is the espresso shot in the veins every HUMAN BEING (not just young adult) stuck on the 9-5 hamster wheel needs and has been begging for (whether they realize it or not) for the last x-amount of years.

    In this book you'll learn, first and foremost, your fears really aren't that scary. You'll learn that everyone else is just as petrified of failure as you (so there's less competition than you might think if you actually TRY). And you'll learn that starting your own company is a whole heckuvalot simpler than it seems when you eat the proverbial elephant one bite at a time.

    And as an added bonus, this guy is really a pretty hilarious writer. Best $15 bucks I've ever spent.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Free your mind in how your work gets done.

    Great book. Tim has found a way to tell the story of living a full live, though a creative work structure. I appreciate the exercises to crack my mind open a notch, and the worksheets to get practical and off of the starting block. He also offers some interesting business tools that I believe will work in any industry.

    Last year I purchased a bunch of copies and handed them out to patients in my cosmetic dentistry practice. I frequently speak to people about his approach to handling emails and communications. We frequently fall prey to the 24/7 approach that when someone barks, it needs to be responded to ASAP. What a bunch of bunk.

    Anyway, a good read for anyone wanting to advance a small business or be a better manager.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Tim Ferris's book "The 4-Hour Workweek" serves as a good introductory book for anyone who is dissatisfied with their current job and would like to escape the 9-to-5 grind and work for themselves. The formula Ferriss offers is to keep your day job in the short term while creating a successful online business, and then as the business grows and brings in more income to transition into working for yourself and leave the day job behind. Ferriss speaks from personal experience; he worked in the corporate world straight out of college but then left to start an online business selling a sports supplement he created called "BodyQUICKEN".

    With the tips that Ferriss offers on outsourcing and time-saving software, you should be able to whittle down the hours you spend running your online business considerably. Most people I know that work online have noted that you'd have to be extremely savvy to be able to manage your business in just "4 hours a week" as the title suggests, but 10-20 hours is more realistic and is still a substantial improvement for most people. Also, while Ferriss does talk about how he was eventually able to make a high six-figure income online, he does mention that others who can't match this income level can still get most of the benefits of his lifestyle by being strategic in their spending and taking advantage of "geographic arbitrage" (i.e. moving to a beautiful but less expensive area, perhaps even overseas).

    Besides working for yourself, the other main advantage that Ferriss points out in regards to working online is that you can literally "live anywhere". As long as you've got your laptop and an internet connection, you can do your work from anywhere in the world, allowing you to go on an endless series of vacations. The substantial increase in free time leads Ferriss to suggest several ways of "filling the void" as he calls it - not just vacationing & pleasure-seeking but also taking up new hobbies, learning about other cultures, continuing your education, activism & charitable causes, and even building stronger relationships with family & friends.

    One thing to keep in mind is that "The 4-Hour Workweek" can point you in the right direction but doesn't have everything you need to start a succesful online business. It's best thought of as a motivational piece that works as a companion to a more straight-forward, technical book on online business practices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

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    Now More Than Ever

    I was laid off/retired years ago, but bought this book anyway for the chapters on automating income. I read the whole book, which was easy because Ferriss's writing is vigorous and engaging.

    I always knew time was money, but Ferriss takes it one step further: time is sacred. With sufficient time, you can think of where you want to take yourself (it's not up to any boss or company to provide that for you).

    He gives excellent and specific dialogue for negotiating with your boss for more free time on the job, and also ways to position yourself so coworkers, contract workers and customers don't chew up your time.

    If you're working too many hours, read this book. If you're out of work or would like to earn money without a huge time commitment, read this book. If you need a shift in your perspective about your life, read this book.

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  • Posted January 10, 2009

    Great Information for Entrepreneurs

    Timothy Ferriss shares his insight and research with the rest of us. He provides a lot of useful information and gets you excited to do more! It is a fun and informative book. Enjoy.

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  • Posted October 9, 2008

    Great Book for Everyone!

    Excellent book with very appropriate message expecially in this day and age when most corporate employees are working 12-16 hours a day. Ferriss' main message is to live life outside of the office. Absolutely recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

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

    Of course its 10 hours a day! I agree with alot of things. I am at work more than I am with my own child, and still cant afford to spoil her like I want. Companies like the big name shopping store pays there employees nothing and rake in massive profits.

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