- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion (6 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091929113
- ISBN-13: 978-0091929114
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (580 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich Paperback – 6 Jan 2011
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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)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had already started working remotely before reading this but I wish I had read this year ago!
Tim goes into GREAT detail about ways to turn your current job into a remote... Read more
Makes you realise just how stupid (yes stupid) most people's working ethic is including my own. I'm still working on outsourcing and finding a suitable muse but simple changes in... Read morePublished 7 days ago by richard beauvoisin
The first half of this book is ace - has you virtually high fiving the author and thinking 'finally someone who gets what I've been thinking! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ms. H. M. Sutton
ABSOLUTELY rip OFF.
Pretends it's a paper back book, You pay postage and packing only for the slime ball to now say it's kindle version etc. Don't buy off this waste of space.
A real eye opener a lot of waffle but the Idea are sound such as squeezing what you do in 40 hours to four hours is possible and hiring a Va section was amazing and third part was... Read morePublished 26 days ago by abe
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