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Escape From Tony Robbins Island,
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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)
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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Initial post: 5 Jul 2011 18:20:27 BDT
OK, now that's a useful comment on this intriguing and controversial book. Gives good pointers as to how to approach it. thanks
Posted on 26 Oct 2011 22:29:56 BDT
Red Baron says:
hahaha. Very useful. You hit the nail on the head with how I feel about most of these books as somebody from the UK, so I know I can trust your comment.
Posted on 17 Apr 2013 09:24:57 BDT
Tommy Boy says:
"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."
As a fellow Brit, I see where you're coming from but I have to disagree. If you put in some hard graft, anyone who can use a computer and has half a brain could set up one of these "lifestyle" business. I've got two of them. If I can do it, so can anybody else :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2013 19:50:08 BDT
J. Palmer says:
tommy boy are you employed boy the author by any chance?
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