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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: 3 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506 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)

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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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124 of 131 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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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape From Tony Robbins Island 13 Jun 2011
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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
Format:Paperback
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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The book has some good ideas - like being open to outsourcing more of your tedious work tasks, or cutting down on information overload by reducing reading the news, checking emails too often etc. But these ideas could easily be summarised on one sheet of A4. They do not merit a whole book, nor justify the cost of one.

A bigger problem is that Tim Ferriss's ideas will appeal to only two types of people - the terminally unimaginative, to whom it had simply never occured to follow their own dreams now, rather than waiting until they were retired, and adolescents (real or perpetual), who have no responsibilities to anyone other than themelves, and can imagine no more meaningful way to spend their lives than surfing on numerous beaches.

What this means in practice is that the whole life plan, the whole raison d'etre of what he selling here - to cut off completely and bum around in tropical locations - is of no use or interest to ordinary adults who not only have real commitments but ENJOY them, and find commitments to children, partners etc are what make their lives truly meaningful. It is no accident that Tim's books are written by a man with no children or even a long-term girlfriend - his life plan would simply not work for anyone who has grown up at all, or accepted responsibilities for others. One cannot 'outsource' quality time spent with one's children, whilst remaining a good parent, nor maintain a good relationship by 'outsourcing' time together.

Clearly Tim himself has lots of gumption, lots of chutzpah, and is not overly hampered by ethical considerations when he makes his money - if it fulfils his goal of raking in easy cash, then it is perfectly valid in his childishly unquestioning capitalistic model.
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Tim Ferriss. You Sir, are a genius. I didn't just get tips from the book, but from the blogs that Tim has set up too. Great motivator and advice.
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