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2.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous book for the 'week' minded., 6 Jun 2010
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This review is from: The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich (Paperback)
Bought this by mistake. It was recommended by a top reviewer and he implied it was a philosophical work. It's not!
The first few pages held my interest but as soon as Tim started on about goal-setting spreadsheets it became clear this was just another silly self-help book.
It's a dangerous book because like the truly awful and silly THE SECRET it makes the feeble minded believe that they can become millionaires and enjoy a dream lifestyle by following Tim's advice. They can't. They can't because Tim is an alpha male with a massive ego and a ruthless single-minded approach to life. He would be successful at anything he tried because he is a born winner. You cannot become a born winner. The clue is in the word 'born'.
Tim's suggestion is that you create a 'product' and then 'outsource' all the work. Now that is a dream: a fantasy.
In reality Tim IS the product. He is a lifestyle guru. You can even see him demonstrate how to 'peel a boiled egg' on You Tube.
He really believes that we need him to show us how to do this! (he also demonstrates how to defend yourself from an attack - by raising your arms to protect yourself!')
Unless you are a human dynamo with a great business mind and a massive ego you will NEVER achieve what Tim is selling. And that is dangerous because all the 5 star reviewers here will waste their time trying to be Tim clones and life is too precious to waste - which is Tim's point as he tries to sell the dream of riches and free time.
Of course there are many truisms in this book and some good points (you must add a lot of truth to make a lie believable) but it is an illusion to imagine that you can just dream up a 'product' and simply 'outsource'. Ask any entrepreneur. All Tim's examples feature other highly motivated and brilliant alpha males.
I doubt Tim even wrote this book. I sense he gave the outline to a professional writer and 'outsourced' the writing. As usual Tim won. He will have made a fortune out of human weakness! no doubt in less than a 4-hour week.
JP :(
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2011 21:14:32 BDT
I agree with one thing in your review - Tim is a lifestyle guru. But then again, you would have to be in order to write (and publish) a lifestyle book. Sure, you have to read this book (as with all books) with some sort of skepticism, but from your review, I recon that you'd already given up on life and success when you read it. You don't have to be a Tim Ferris follower to enjoy this book - I haven't seen him peel an egg and quite frankly, I wouldn't care to. Finally, I think you review hit rock bottom when you claim that you have to be BORN a winner to be successful. What a dumb remark! If you read this book because you truly thought that it's content would allow you to enjoy a 4-hour work week, I understand your disappointment. It certainly has a lot of how-to elements, but first and foremost, this is a really cool story of a guy who pushes life to the extreme and I for one found it very motivating and inspiring.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2011 21:50:38 BDT
He pushes life to the extreme because that is his nature. It is how he was born; how he is made. He's an Alpha male. You cannot learn it.
I've met many Alpha males who are surrounded by adoring acolytes; sycophants hoping to climb to the top. They can't.
You either have it or you don't.

And I don't appreciate the 'dumb remark' comment...

Posted on 13 Jun 2012 16:36:18 BDT
tara tara says:
I thought this was a good review.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2012 17:27:44 BDT
thank you!
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