The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
What do you do? Tim Ferriss has trouble answering the question. Depending on when you ask this
controversial Princeton University guest lecturer, he might answer:
“I race motorcycles in Europe.”
“I ski in the Andes.”
“I scuba dive in Panama.”
“I dance tango in Buenos Aires.”
He has spent more than five years learning the secrets of the New Rich, a fast-growing subculture who
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The effect of this book is like being trapped in a room with a manic-depressive during the manic part of his cycle. Imagine a cross between Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys and a late-night infomercial. Then add a dash of narcissistic personality disorder to get an idea of the tone of this book.
This book is ...more
The douchebaggery and straight up disengenuity espoused almost drips off the pages: quite remarkable even in the self-help, think-outside-the-box, start-your-own-business genre. Much of what Ferris recommends just plain doesn't work (I'm talking from experience). Other things are slightly ridiculous: an entire chapter is spent discussing how one can get people to stop bugging you at your cubicle by lying to their ...more
He encourages you to lease expensive cars so you can feel like you are living the "life of your ...more
First of all, I found the book's paper a little rough in texture. This precluded it from being used in the outhouse or camping, if you know what I mean. The raspy paper DID, however, have just the right stuff to be 'ripped and rolled' into some really effective starter wicks in the old fireplace. Went up like a charm and led to a ...more
"But explain it to me," I said. "Just what is it about the 4-Hour Work Week that we haven't already seen?" Having a background in a "work-smarter-not-harder" industry (the coaching industry), what I'd heard about 4HWW had not impressed me as anything particularly fresh and new.
"Well," said one friend, "It's just never all been put in a book like this before."
"Okay." That didn't sound so compelling to me.
That being said, the author must be a smart guy because there is a lot of good stuff in this book.
1. Most of us have the idea that we are supposed to work until we are 60, then retire and live the good life. Tim does a great job pointing out how backwards that idea is, ...more
While I totally agree with Tim Ferriss, when he says that most meetings are useless and should be avoided, I cannot agree with his recommendation of making up excuses and lies, in order to leave early or not show up. This is just one example of behavior recommended in this book, and it quite frankly disgusts me.
I am all for automating the dull aspects of my life, tak ...more
1. You're a game changer and a rule breaker.
2. Quit checking your fucking email and get off the computer. No, seriously. Go.
3. Outsource everything--even your soul. It's all about you.
4. Retire, vacation, go mobile.
5. Tim Ferriss is an ass.
Ryan: Hey Tim, I work in a pickle factory in Poland and have a minimal education, how do I make the above program work for me?
Tim: *head explodes*
Seriously, some simple ideas are in here that can probably help you get thi ...more
I don't know how else to put it. Timothy Ferris is a douche. There is, in fact, an entire genre of blog literature that explains why Timothy Ferriss is a douche. Even New York Times columnist Frank Bruni got in on the action.
Since I already heard Ferriss' insecure egocentricity on full display during his Long Now talk, I came to this book expecting a self-obsessed hustler to peddle his "you-too-can-be-like-me" vision. But I still wanted to read the book. I wanted to understand why it became a b ...more
That said, many of the tactics Ferris suggests are morally questionable. You'll get more out of the book if you have no qualms about calling in "sick" at work, hiring overseas assistants at below minimum wage to do your busy work, setting u ...more
Guybonics. And tomfoolery. If you must waste time, don't do it reading this book.
This book is worth reading though there are a few things you'll have to endure to finish it:
-author-coined terms and antonyms that include the word “rich” ...more
There are words to describe my opinion of this book, however most of them would break the terms and conditions of this site. Suffice it to say, it's one big sales pitch for being an egomaniac, passive agressive jerk. It boils entirely down to outsource or eliminate anyth ...more
Very few books have really changed the way I envision how I am going to live my life. So far, I have only two: Rich Dad Poor Dad and this one. Though Rich Dad introduced me to the concept of owning assets that pay you to free your time, 4-hour workweek dispels a lot of myths about the need to make millions to live the life that we all dream about. In actuality, its a lot closer than we all realize.
If I was in the mood to be deliberately cruel, I suppose I could sum up the four main steps of the insanely popular "lifestyle management" guide The 4-Hour Work Week thusly: "Step 1: Stop reading the news! That whole pesky 'being an informed citizen' thing is just getting in the way of you becoming one of ...more
Although this book has its obvious flaws, namely:
1. Author is an ivy league entrepreneur (of course he's not worried about money).
2. Many of his "time-saving" work tips have no relevance in many fields of work. In fact, I cant really see how they would work unless you already have some independence in your job.
3. The Get-Rich-Quick internet start-up company info. is mostly nonsense. ...more
In my opinion - using Mr. Ferriss's 4-Ho ...more
I like the idea of taking a month or two off and exploring something new, interesting and educational. This can be done individually and as a family.
I also thought Ferriss' time saving tips can be applied not only to a work, but even to running a household. I didn't really agree with his values and how lif ...more
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