234 of 249 people found the following review helpful
Interesting mix of topics but nothing new,
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This review is from: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Hardcover)
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.