Book Review: The 4 Hour Work Week

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

The Four Hour Work Week - Timothy FerrissAs mentioned in a recent post, I am using my time in the car and at the gym listening to audiobooks through Audible.com. I’m just two weeks in and I’m halfway through my second audiobook. That’s about one and a half more books than I have read in the past year! Sadly, I don’t think that is an exaggeration. However, after reading my first audiobook: The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, I was excited to fly right into my next self-improvement book.

Seems like an odd book for a teacher to read, but based on how many times I have heard this book being referenced by podcast hosts as “must read,” I thought I should probably check it out.

Unsure if it is better to learn about the author once you begin reading the book, but it is really hard to hold back from sharing just a few of this guy’s accomplishments, including:

Tim has amassed a diverse (and certainly odd) roster of experiences:

  • Princeton University guest lecturer in High-Tech Entrepreneurship and Electrical Engineering
  • Finance and Entrepreneurship advisor at Singularity University at NASA Ames, co-founded by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil.
  • First American in history to hold a Guinness World Record in tango
  • Speaker of 5 languages (video samples here)
  • National Chinese kickboxing champion
  • Horseback archer (yabusame) in Nikko, Japan
  • 2009 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute
  • Political asylum researcher
  • MTV breakdancer in Taiwan
  • Hurling competitor in Ireland
  • Wired Magazine’s “Greatest Self-Promoter of 2008″

Source: The Blog of Tim Ferriss: Experiments in Lifestyle Design

What a random list of experiences! I feel that it is important to share those with you so you can better understand the purpose of the book.

First Impression


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When you first hear “4 Hour Work Week,” you will probably be skeptical and assume that working four hours a week is just merely impossible. If that is your mindset, then the chances of you actually attempting to follow any of the suggestions offered throughout this book is probably slim to none. However, if you give the book a shot, you will definitely take something away to help you improve your daily life.

As the title might suggest, the book is targeted more for those working from 9-to-5 in an office cubicle, so some of the strategies to “cut your hours” to 4 hours a week may not be ideal for an educator. On the other hand, he does introduce many strategies and “rules” to help you maximize your effectiveness, reduce distractions, and get to the things you enjoy doing most in life.

Takeaways

The biggest takeaway I received from The Four Hour Work Week was my new found understanding of what success in life really means. Ferriss really makes you reevaluate what you consider important in your life by considering how you currently spend (or waste) your time, who we should really be focusing on impressing (i.e.: family), and what being “rich” (the “new rich”) really means.

Regardless of whether you want it or not, Tim also shares how employees stuck in the prison of the office can negotiate remote work agreements to slowly reduce the number of hours you work while accomplishing more. He extends this idea to building online businesses in order to earn income to support you and your family according to your new “Lifestyle Design” at home or abroad. He doesn’t hide any details in regards to how you can find a “muse” business that will work prior to investing any time or money, how to market it successfully, and outsource all of the work while you reap the benefits.

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About Kyle Pearce

I’m Kyle Pearce and I am a former high school math teacher. I’m now the K-12 Mathematics Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board, where I uncover creative ways to spark curiosity and fuel sense making in mathematics. Read more.


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