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

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

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ISBN-13: 9781433272004
Publisher: Findaway World
Publication date: 12/28/2009
Edition description: Playaway Edition with Earbuds
Product dimensions: 4.98(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.21(d)

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
Look, this book has some good parts, but it comes of as a internet scam kinda feel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
undercovermillionaire More than 1 year ago
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.
PatricioQ More than 1 year ago
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.
storming on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Tim Ferriss' new book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich isn't for everyone but I thought he made some really good points. * We work from 9-5 because we are supposed to work 40 hours a week from 9-5. * We are very unproductive at work. How many hours did you spend this week in meetings, answering emails or surfing the web? * We are busy working hard and saving for retirement when we should be figuring out how to do what we want to do now. * We have way too much information to digest from blogs to news to email.What he suggests, among many other things, is: * Be more productive. Figure out what you do when you are not working (like blogging emailing or reading blogs and news) and cut it out. * Get lots done in a little time so you have lots more time for things you enjoy. He suggest working just an hour a day. * Outsource anything and everything possible including all your errands. * Figure out what excites you so you know what you want to be doing. (He stresses excitement over enjoyment. Like I've said, too much hanging out on the beach can get boring.) * Work towards a positive monthly cash flow instead of a large sum of money you'll use during retirement. * Take lots of mini-retirements or mini-vacations - so save up for those and then do them. * He advocates lots of travel and lots of learning - especially other languages.In order to accomplish all this, he suggests starting a business selling a product. Then outsource everything from creating the product to marketing to order fulfillment to others.I bet if you read the book, you'd get at least one really good idea out of it. I bet most people that read the book don't end up quitting their job and starting an outsourced product company, but you never know!
ericlee on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Very disappointing. I was hoping for much more than the accumulated wisdom of someone barely out of their teens, whose only claim to fame seems to be that he made a lot of money and is now spending it.
osodani on LibraryThing 3 days ago
He's got some very interesting tips in here about setting your priorities in life, eliminating the garbage, and getting your work life so that it's not all you are living for. However, his focus is very much on the travel-the-world idea, which is not my cup of tea, and his concrete business plans, while tempting, may not be a good long-term way to live.
alsatia on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Perhaps I am dreadfully naive or too burned out to notice when I'm being foolish, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. :-) Ferriss has an entertaining writing style and encourages the reader to think about work not as a means to an end, but as part of the end itself. Why *do* we spend time at a place we don't like rather than move on to greener pastures? Why *do* Americans work like mad until retirement when we're too tired, sick, or broke to do things with the free time? Why *not* think about ways to change that habit? Ferriss wants readers to go for something different (and of course, pay him a little cash at the same time ;) )
lithoglyphic on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Tim Ferriss bends all the rules of the American workforce. By starting his own product-focused company and outsourcing as much of the process as possible, he remains free to travel the world and have all kinds of fantastic adventures. The lifestyle is probably not for everyone -- for one thing, it's not exactly a piece of cake to start a reliable business. But the tips are handy, regardless. It's a must-read for overstressed start-up founders, mobile technology workers, and anyone who wants more out of life but needs tips on the execution.
adamallen on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Let me begin this review by stating that, based on it's title, I avoided this book like the plague and turned my nose up at it snobbishly for months. I was certain that it was absolute crap of the worst self-help kind.During a recent conference, I stopped at the local B&N to have a coffee and thumb through some books. I bought this one and Your Money and Your Brain by Jason Zweig. Needless to say, my opinion had changed.The 4-Hour Workweek is a how-to manual for helping you unchain yourself from your desk, automate your cash flow so that you can work only four hours per week, and use your newly found time for whatever it is in life that truly makes you happy (the book focuses on using this time for travel). "Impossible!", you say. I would argue that it isn't impossible but it is difficult. Personally speaking, I believe in Ferriss' approach. That being said, I limited my rating to 4* because I fear that he made it sound easier than it actually is.Ferriss takes you through the process in four sections: "D is for Definition", "E is for Elimination", "A is for Automation", and "L is for Liberation". "D is for Definition" describes why you'd want to stop coming to work everyday (not too difficult, right?) and frames the barriers/obstacles you will face in making this change (e.g. fear, motivational paralysis, your engrained perceptions of "the way it should be"). It provides practical ways to overcome these obstacles. I really enjoyed this section. For me, it was a reminder of what's important in life."E is for Elimination" works to change the reader's focus from managing your time to living the Pareto Principle. This principle states that we get 80% of our results from 20% of our work. So, Ferriss guides you through eliminating the wasteful 80% so we can focus on the fruitful 20%. While this is a great section, and worth the cost of the book in itself, there are pieces that I found to be easier said than done. For example, he talks about avoiding meetings and ways to go about that. With my micromanaging CEO, that would not be tolerated. He counters these situations by suggesting that it may be time to fire your boss/company. He may be right... That being said, I've found some of his other examples such as e-mail processing to be extremely helpful already."A is for Automation" helps you to identify new business opportunities and how you can test market your ideas for less than $500. Once you've found your idea that will produce cash flow, this walks you through putting this business on autopilot so that you don't become the workaholic entrepreneur. This is a great section but it's again made to sound easier than it actually is. I think it can be done - and I plan to try - but I don't expect it to be as simple as it's made to sound."L is for Liberation" tells you how to create a lifestyle of mobility so that you can travel or do whatever it is that makes you happy. Ferriss does provide ways to overcome the "but I have children" barrier (which was my first reaction). More importantly, your liberation doesn't have to be travel but he spends a good deal of time on that topic. As a person who loves to travel and someone who dreams of owning more of my time, I thought this section was wonderful.I know, I know. It's too good to be true and must be bullshit. Don't be so hasty. While you may not subscribe to everything Ferriss lays out, you'll almost certainly take a few tips and principles from the book that make it worth twice what you'll pay to get it. I believe the book is terrific and I would highly recommend it. If you're skeptical, pick it up in your bookstore and skim it. You'll find yourself going home with it. I read it in two days. If I'd had more free time (read: irony), I'd have finished it in one. I plan to re-read it before the year's out. I've already implemented many of the "Elimination" suggestions. In 2008, I plan on using it to find my "Liberation". Wish me lu
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Mariah-M More than 1 year ago
I believe that everyone can learn something for this book. Timothy Ferriss has done what seems to be impossible, but truly isn't. Just by outsourcing and working efficiently you can increase productivity. It seems too good to be true but I feel that this book mostly applies to those who plan on starting their own company. I think that we can all try to use these ideas to work more efficiently, make more money and therefore take more vacations and be happier.
AinOakPark More than 1 year ago
He has a lot of things to offer even if you are not going the whole way with him. Learn how to delegate, how to get away from being caught in minutia, how to spend money in a way that frees your time. A complete change of perspective. I like that he encourages adventure. That travel should be as normal as working. I like the idea of living life as you go along instead of putting things off. Lots of ideas, but lots of websites, concrete how-to info and advice. Like I said, everyone can learn something from this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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