‘The 4-hour work week’ certainly gets you thinking about some important life questions!
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 work week’ is the blueprint.
There is definitely food for thought in this book, covering a wide range of topics, including:
- How to start a new business
- Time management (better email and meeting management)
- Benefits of earning in one country and spending in another
- What to do when you are not working.
Tim Ferriss is one of those people who I respect for not being afraid to try new things. He is very direct. This is probably why he is so successful. Saying that, I’m not sure I would want to be like him. Especially given his moral status. For example, he suggest that in order to get your boss to let you work from home you should phone in sick and then show your boss you are more productive when you are at home. At the same time he suggests that you reduce your production levels whilst in the office. Not sure I like this type of advice. It’s not surprising that he has been fired from numerous jobs in the past!
Furthermore, he talks about ways to pretend you are an expert on a topic or part of a large corporation in order to promote yourself. Granted I do feel these tips will give people an advantage but it does sound like a hussle.
That being said, the book raises some thought provoking topics such as:
- What would you do if you didn’t have to work?
- Why wait until you are retire before you do the things you really want to do?
- What things are going to progress your career? Then, are you doing enough of that or filling your time with non-important tasks (email, meetings etc).
Tim provides his views and experiences on these different topics. In fact, he goes further than a lot of other books by providing a list of actions you can take. These actions include some scripts to help you achieve different goals. For example, rather than just saying you should try and contact someone important to get them to help promote your business, he actually provides you with a list of tasks and a script he used to make contact with the famous author John Grisham.
Is there anything that I can take from ‘The 4-hour work week’?
Yes. There are some things that I’m going to use from this book. For example, I’m going to check email less frequently and make sure that meetings are used for decision making rather than information sharing (the latter should be done before the meeting). This is more for my day job than this blog.
I’m also keen to follow some of his points on how to start a product based business. These points dovetail with the advice from the book ‘Screw Work, Break Free’. I have to say that I prefer the advice from ‘Screw Work, Break Free’ as it’s less extreme, however, Ferriss does recommend some good tools and websites that could help with building a business which i’ll use.
At the moment I’ve got a couple of blog ideas which will reference this book. These include a blog on how to increase the number of subscribers to this blog and, how working on this blog has had a positive impact on my day job. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss these blogs.
Would I recommend ‘the 4-hour work week’?
Reluctantly, yes. It does provide a lot of though provoking topics which people should think about. If you are willing to take very large steps and potentially risks, then this book is for you. Buy it now, via Amazon.
Joy of reading = 6 (out of 10)
Thought provoking = 8 (out of 10)
Money making = 8 (out of 10)
Read again = Might use reference some bits
Overall score = 7.52