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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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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; 2011 Edition edition (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091929113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091929114
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582 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)

Book Description

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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101 of 108 people found the following review helpful
By Neil
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By cas
This is a good book to give you a great buzz, with some case studies and resources sprinkled in but don't ever think that Timothy himself came to the conclusions in this book by investing no more than 4 hours weekly of his time. After many years of trial and error, accumulating expertise and redesigning your life, building businesses, writing and marketing your books, etc. you could finally say that you can maintain your superb lifestyle with just 4 hours of work weekly. Let's say I have a broken airplane. A technician comes and replaces a bit in 5 minutes. He then proceeds to ask 1000...for a 5 minute job. Let's not forget that it took him years of education, money and time in order to know which bit to replace. Your journey will be no different.
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79 of 85 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars over-rated 30 Oct 2013
By walter
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Highly over-rated this book. A bunch of non usable concepts that does not benefit much the reader, lots of contents that have no practical use. This book could have been written in a blog post, I noticed that the writer just kept on writing in order to have lots of pages to make a book. I was not too sure if I should have read it before I bought it, I guess it was a waste of my time, I didn't learn much if anything.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I borrowed this book from a friend. At the time I was trying to find a way to run a small business whilst juggling with the uncertainties of long-term health issues. The title of the book was intriguing.

And certainly, there are some sensible ideas in this book - albeit mostly concentrated in the first few pages - on time management. Like not answering your phone and only replying to emails at designated times. Obvious? Well, not always. However one of the best suggestions was to not feel obliged to read a book all the way to the final paragraph.

With regard to Ferriss' own book, such advice seemed well placed, for long before I got anywhere near the final chapter I felt myself losing the will to live.

I also had this disquieting feeling I'd accidently strayed into the territory of some rather nasty cult, the kind that would sell its own daughters to old men in exchange for something that would provide another quick high. The basic premise seemed to be, find something - anything, ANYTHING, ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING - that you can persuade (or con) large numbers of people into buying. Obviously, at the highest possible price.

Outsource everything to the third world, have various auf wiederzehn/plausible deniability strategies in place for when things go wrong, and away you go. Dead easy.

Consequences? In the snake oil salesman's world, there aren't any. Provided of course you remain appropriately out of sight (for more on this theme, read Howard Marks).

The irony seemed to be, that for all the eons of time Ferriss claims to have freed up in his own life - in order to pursue his various hedonistic but often vacuous interests, it doesn't quite ring true. He tries hard to make a convincing case but ultimately falls well short.
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