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

Timothy Ferriss
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Book Description

25 Jun 2007
What do you do? Tim Ferriss has trouble answering the question. Depending on when you ask this
controversial Princeton University guest lecturer, he might answer:

“I race motorcycles in Europe.”
“I ski in the Andes.”
“I scuba dive in Panama.”
“I dance tango in Buenos Aires.”

He has spent more than five years learning the secrets of the New Rich, a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the “deferred-life plan” and instead mastered the new currencies—time and mobility—to create luxury lifestyles in the here and now.

Whether you are an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is the compass for a new and revolutionary world. Join Tim Ferriss as he teaches you:

• 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 freuent "mini-retirements"
• What the crucial difference is between absolute and relative income
• How to train your boss to value performance over presence, or kill your job (or company) if it’s beyond repair
• What automated cash-flow “muses” are and how to create one in 2 to 4 weeks
• How to cultivate selective ignorance—and create time—with a low-information diet
• What the management secrets of Remote Control CEOs are
• How to get free housing worldwide and airfare at 50–80% off
• How to fill the void and create a meaningful life after removing work and the office

You can have it all—really.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; First Edition edition (25 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307353133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307353139
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,460 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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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225 of 236 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves 4 Jun 2008
By R. Reed
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This seems to me to be a book of two halves. In the first half, Ferris gives a step by step action plan for eliminating non-essential work, outsourcing a lot of the remaining work, and giving a detailed blueprint for designing, test-running and developing an 'automated' on-line businesses (or businesses) - that is, a business whereby most of the functions are performed by outsourced companies, hence it is scaleable and allows the owner to keep only a very light hand on the tiller, through weekly or monthly reporting by the outsourcers. The idea is to free you up from the dull treadmill of routine work to allow you to focus on the important things in life now rather than waiting for some deferred gaol to be achieved (eg. retirement). I found this first half of the book excellent and have already started implementing his ideas - Ferris has definitely fired me up enough to give it a go.

The second part seems to focus mainly on what you should do with all the free time that you have managed to free up, and how to cope with the existential issues raised by having nothing to do. His solution is to travel extensively and keep learning (languages, martial arts, dance, etc), and so he gives a lot of tips on how to do that type of thing. It's quite a US-centric book and no doubt the concept of travelling widely is quite revolutionary to a lot of americans but I personally felt the second half of the book a bit irrelevent in the sense that a) I've been there/done that and b) I reckon I'm capable of finding my own life-affirming ways to make use of any free time the first half of the book creates for me.

But overall, I thought it was a great book, and I thought Ferris writes clearly and engagingly. I found it a gripping read and am feeling excited about implementing many of his ideas in the coming weeks.
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491 of 517 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:MP3 CD
Did you know that if the trends of the last two centuries hold, everyone's workweek will be four hours by 2407? What will people do with all that free time? It's a good question that this book recommends you consider.

Mr. Ferriss does a favor for those who hate their jobs but cannot find work they like by explaining how you can still draw a salary while working very few hours (by hiding from the boss and using the 80/20 rule -- 80 percent of results come from 20 percent of efforts). His method is deliberately manipulative (possibly fraudulent is another possible description that comes to mind), so you'll have to watch out that you don't get caught or you might have to repay some of that salary.

What do you do while you are hiding from the boss? Mr. Ferriss recommends starting a highly profitable online retail business that's so highly automated it can be operated in only four hours a week. You'll find details of how to do this that matches what I receive in lots of spam e-mails every week.

After you've got half a million a year rolling in by selling expensive items at a high profit margin, Mr. Ferriss provides lots of advice on how to take six-month miniretirements in cheap places around the world (Argentina and Berlin are his favorites). I'm still puzzled by why Berlin can be a cheap place to live. The rest of Germany when I've visited certainly isn't.

The book's come-on explains how Mr. Ferriss has accomplished all kinds of world-class things to boost his credibility. Unfortunately, you'll find that it isn't always classy how Mr. Ferriss does this. For example, he won the Gold Medal at the Chinese Kickboxing National Championships in 1999.
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236 of 252 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting mix of topics but nothing new 12 May 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Tim's book has got me thinking. It has helped me re-evaluate my life and especially my working my life.

As I see it, Tim argues:

1. Life is short so enjoy it.

2. Realise that you are conditioned by society to work 9-5.

3. Don't wait until you retire to have some fun (lots of fun!).

4. Become much more productive at work.

5. Outsource much of your business and/or life.

6. Create an 'automatic' source of income.

7. Start to living the life you want (it may be cheaper than you think).

Where I have a problem is that this advice, whilst sound, is lightweight. Admittedly, the book points you to lots of (US) resources but you'll need to do a lot more work in order to create the lifestyle Tim offers. It is, after all, a 'framework' of a book and not a detailed, step-by-step, 500 page manual.

OK - I'm hard to please.

If you've not read this sort of material before then this could be the eye-opener you need.

But where I'm disappointed is that Tim suggests that the way to a regular stream of income is to create 'information products'. Mmmm, where have I heard that before?

Do a quick search on Google on this phrase and you'll find tons of better quality material. Believe me, I'm currently experimenting with this source of income and it's not as easy, or as simple, as Tim suggests.

Yes, I am hard to please but visit Tim's site and read his US Amazon reviews and you'd think that this book is somehow *totally* revolutionary.

Yes, it's a good book but it's a bit like eating another American product, a McDonalds burger - it looks tasty on the advertising but while you're eating it you realise that the bread is full of air and sugar and the whole experience leaves you with an unsatisfied feeling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get and be Rich!
Loved everything about this book. Easy to read and implement the strategies within it. Fully recommend to those who want to change their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want to get to the end
I resisted buying this book for a long time. I don't know why, but something in the description never seemed to appeal. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Maria Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Made a huge different to me
Whatever you say about Tim Ferriss, the book is very compelling and is capable of making a huge difference to any reader.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't quit your job yet...
The opening of this book is Tim outlining his life philosophy. That we all work too hard, slaving away in our soul-crushing 9-5 jobs. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Buddhist Fist
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot to take in.!
It sounds great if you already have a business in operation,for someone starting out though it would prove to be valuabe in the long run.
Published 9 months ago by shivalaom
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book has opened my eyes on a number of things from how to test a product without making it, how to run a business without loosing your family and how to enjoy retirement while... Read more
Published 11 months ago by SteveLW
5.0 out of 5 stars Following day delivery
I need to apply this process to my life and spend less time earning money and more time creating money.

Follow Tim Ferriss's ideas and change your life.
Published 12 months ago by Simon Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape from Tony Robbins Island
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... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Charles Vasey
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I really liked this book.
It is inspiring and really give you a peep through the rabbit hole, and gives you hope for an alternative to the rat race.
Published 19 months ago by M
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This is a reading on time managing and on how to focus on what's important!
Better than to be rich is to be free and productive. Read more
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