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The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich [Paperback]

Timothy Ferriss
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Book Description

6 Jan 2011

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, this book is the blueprint.

This step-by step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:

* How Tim went from $40,000 dollars 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'.

This new updated and expanded edition includes:

More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point * Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating email, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than £5 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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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; 2011 Edition edition (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091929113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091929114
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Chicken Soup for the Soul)

"The book that has caught the imagination of overworked America" (Sunday Telegraph)

"This is a whole new ball game. Highly recommended." (Dr. Stewart D. Friedman, Adviser to Jack Welch and Former Vice President Al Gore on Work/Family Issues, Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)


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)

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A new, updated and expanded edition of this New York Times bestseller about reconstructing your life so that it's not all about work

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Book to Escape the Rat-Race 25 Aug 2014
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The 4 Hour Work Week is an engaging and inspiring read that will motivate you to take action on your dreams of working less hours and doing more of what you love to do. This is the original Life Style Design book where you will learn how to come up with workable plans to escape your 9 to 5 job. If you feel a defiant urge to free yourself from the 40/40 Plan, you'll find this treasure trove beneficial and uplifting.

The only critical point I'd make is that you'll probably be working more than 4 hours a week on your "muse business," but you can realistically reduce your hours down significantly from 40/50 hours per week.

Colin G Smith, author of, Difficult People: Dealing With Difficult People At Work (Quick Start Guide)
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132 of 139 people found the following review helpful
By Neil
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I love the idea of rejecting the "deferred life plan". The concept that one should pursue one's dreams and ambitions whilst still young enough, vital enough and financed enough to do so. These dreams should not be "deferred" to the time in life when we are becoming more infirm, more reliant and less energetic. So, the concept of the book is a noble one but the means prescribed in the substance of the book are deeply flawed. There are some nuggets of wisdom, but they seem to be deeply buried amongst pages and pages of checklists, references and resources that would take the space of a full time job just to review. Ferris's magic formula seems so saturated in heuristics that it beggars belief that he himself applies it in his own life. There are contradictions (travel with a laptop or don't travel with a laptop), there are poor recommendations (use easyjet and ryannair for cheap flights in the UK and Europe) and there seems to be an underlying assumption that everyone's dream is to travel the world and learn languages. There is an almost fetishistic leaning towards Argentina both in Ferris's own version of escaping the 9-5 but also in the case studies of his readers. Oh and by the way if he can't find a decent meal for 20 USD in London, he's not doing London right. There are some good resources (among the endless lists of website referrals) and there are times during the reading of the book that ideas get stimulated in the reader. Whether escaping the 9-5 is the aim or just freeing up more time in one's busy life, the material in the book could be used as a resource but it ultimately depends on the energy, determination and clear sense of direction that already exists within the reader. Read more ›
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape From Tony Robbins Island 13 Jun 2011
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For the average Brit the American style of self-help books has a number of things that grate: the need to name-drop, the appeal to authority, the need to portray oneself as wildly successful now but previously being close to defeat. This book has these in spades. It is also in parts rather disjointed and the author is fundamentally someone many of us would wish to avoid (always assuming we could get through his maze of limited access measures). Additionally, the methodology by which one hits this status of New Rich is simply not attainable by any but a very small part of a very small part of the readership.

However, there is also a lot of value here if you can make it through another tale of the author's life and career.

Firstly, his model as to how you should prioritise yourself and how you should execute your tasks is a strong one. It applies whether you are an International Man Of Mystery like the author, or a wage-slave contemplating a list of tasks at Amalgamated Consolidated. It is essentially the Brian Tracy approach but you will benefit from it if you follow it.

Secondly, his approach to business planning is strong, essentially because he lacks the limitation of a vocation. Ferriss is in the business of business, to him it is a means to an end , and he therefore sees things clearly and dispassionately. He is thus uniquely fitted to a model of selling goods anonymously. You may be a true believer in what you do, and you may be delivering a service, but you can still benefit from him.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but unconvincing 3 July 2011
Interesting ideas in this book, but why, in the intro, is he so pleased to get a book deal? If the ideas here work, what difference would a book deal make? I did enjoy this, but got the feeling it could have been called 'How to make a million by writing a book about making a million.'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly useful! 24 Nov 2013
By Louisa
Format:Kindle Edition
Some absolutely brilliant observations on quirky (and often remarkably counter productive) human behaviours. I recommend this book to pretty much anyone - however, it does become somewhat aggressive and pushy as it goes on - too much so for me, which is why I marked it down to a three. Worth a read though... Have to say it makes me think twice on a regular basis about how I go about my day to day work
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, if a bit unrealistic. 19 Nov 2013
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This book is a good laugh and has some fine ideas, but it DOES assume that you want to be rich and are willing to 'fleece/pull the wool over the eyes of your employer/s, which is not everybody's priority. It did, however, make me realise that I was more than ready for a fundamental shift in my aims and values, on the back of which I have left my 9 to 5 and launched myself on self-reliance. Well worth a read.
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This book is aimed at a very narrow market of folk: Skilled American Graduates. It's pretty hard to apply these principles if you're an everyday person, I bought it as a curiosity,... Read more
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A different view on life !!!!!!!!!
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