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

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A new, updated and expanded edition of this New York Times bestseller on how to reconstruct your life so it's not all about work

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan - there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world tr
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Paperback, 381 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Vermilion (first published 2007)
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Cora No but I run my own business (its a Dinner Theater so its not mobile) and so far it has cut me spending upwards of 60 hours a week to a max of 20…moreNo but I run my own business (its a Dinner Theater so its not mobile) and so far it has cut me spending upwards of 60 hours a week to a max of 20 (with a rare 30 hour week). I've returned to school with my extra time to learn more skills (I already have a writing and communications degree). Also, there are other types of work you can do with this lifestyle, writing is one of them. You may still have to put in 20-40 hours, but you can travel and work from other locations, which is nice if you are a bit of a nomad like myself.(less)

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Todd N
Sep 06, 2009 Todd N rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Timothy Ferriss spoke at a management meeting last week where I work. A few of the managers came back pretty impressed, so I cadged a copy off of a manager and skimmed/read it one sitting Friday night.

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
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Jonathan El-Bizri
EDIT: I've left my original opinion below. However, as time has passed, I don't really think I can recommend this book as anything but entertainment. Anything useful has been written elsewhere, better, and by people who aren't lying to you.
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I hesitantly recomend this book. The reasons why are towards the end of the review.

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 g
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Emma
Aug 08, 2008 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a desperate wage slave who has no picture of how things could be different for them
At first I thought this was the bee's knees, toes, and ankles. But as I read further I began to realize that this guy "wins" by cheating, "delegates" by leaving everything in the hands of his $5/hour personal assistant in India, and sells books by promising to tell you how to get rich, and delivers a book on how to get everyone around you to be really annoyed with you for shirking any responsibility.

He encourages you to lease expensive cars so you can feel like you are living the "life of your
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Craig
Mar 15, 2009 Craig rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overrated, business
Instead of focusing on this book's lame contents (it was really bad) I decided to share my review of how it was otherwise used in the hopes that it might inspire others.

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
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Maria Andreu
A few weeks ago in NYC, I sat with two of the smartest people I know at a cool brunch.

"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.

"Well,"
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Otis Chandler
Apr 23, 2008 Otis Chandler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: free thinkers, entrepreneurs, graham myhre
Recommended to Otis by: kareem
I found this book on a recommendation from a good friend, and if it wasn't for that I might have put it down right away, because the tone is very markety, and the author makes a lot of big claims with little substance.

That being said, the author must be a smart guy because there is a lot of good stuff in this book.

Big Takeaways
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,
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Ryan
May 09, 2008 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dilbert, with love from Friedrich Nietzsche.
Recommended to Ryan by: I get all my picks from Oprah.
Let ME save YOU a few hours.

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.

Questions?
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
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Rasmus
Dec 02, 2008 Rasmus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scumbags.
Although mr. Ferriss has some good ideas and goals, there is one word that describes why, I am not a fan of this book: Scumbaggery.

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
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David
Mar 17, 2013 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
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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
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Kara
Oct 05, 2007 Kara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who hate their lives
I just started this book, and I can't even finish it. Aside from the author grating on my last nerve with each page turn, I find his outlook on life to be overly fantastical. This book appeals to people who are working in dead end jobs that are hellish to say the least, and offers a way out to people who have lost hope. But I'll tell you something. If making a ton of money, working a 4-hour work week, and living like a millionaire were easy, everyone would do it. The fact that he's one of FEW th ...more
Kyle
Aug 09, 2009 Kyle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am always interested in life-hacks that can make work more productive and leave more time for leisure so this book grabbed my attention. Little did I know that reading it would feel like listening to a confessional from someone who will leave no corner uncut. If you have no qualms about out-sourcing work and under-paying people to do it, then this book may be for you. If not--and you have no anthropological interest in the delusional contours of petty bourgeois entrepreneurial capitalism at th ...more
Linda Robinson
Mar 11, 2010 Linda Robinson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. There are a few nuggets here, but digging for them is arduous. Because of the mild distaste I experienced reading the book, I took the time (wasted no doubt, in this lexicon) to count quotes. There are plenty. 92 from men, 7 from women, 2 from fictional characters (1 each Yoda and Calvin: note, males) 2 inanimate objects (1 each Fortune Cookie and AT&T), 1 Chinese Proverb, and 1 from an Italian rap group.

Guybonics. And tomfoolery. If you must waste time, don't do it reading this book.
Livia Blackburne
It does a good job of challenging people to rethink the status quo and evaluate what they're doing with their time. It's often hard to think outside the box and imagine your life as you'd really like to live it, and Ferris does a good job of shaking things up.

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
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Chip and Katie Moore
Overall, I appreciate the idea he brings up in the fact that people waste their days with nonsense (this may come from the fact that I worked in the government for years). As a computer guy, I also appreciate the fact that many people don't fully harness the power of auto-replies, faqs, macros, scripts, batching, etc. to eliminate a good 80% of their work in an office environment. That being the case, the idea of doing all of this doesn't work everywhere (only certain office/sales jobs I suspect ...more
Aaron Minks
May 30, 2008 Aaron Minks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aaron by: Wendy
Shelves: non-fiction, repeats
One of the few books I have read more than once. Timothy Feriss does an excellent job of explaining the lifestyle and methods of the new rich. Not only that, but he provides web addresses, phone numbers, and more for manufacturers, drop shippers, and mentors. This is a life changing book for any person involved or interested in business.
Amber
Apr 13, 2008 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the first third of this book was one of the most self-indulgent activities I’ve ever done. (And yes, I read fiction.) It was so nice to hear that someone else in the world doesn't understand why we spend so much time on meaningless meetings and other time-fillers when there are so many meaningful things we long to do.

This book is worth reading though there are a few things you'll have to endure to finish it:
-potty-mouth words
-author-coined terms and antonyms that include the word “rich”
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Kim
Apr 07, 2013 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, if I ever met this guy (and I could have because he participated in a celebrity date auction in SF some friends and I were jokingly considering attending), I KNOW I would not like him based on his voice in this book. However, he has about 3 points I took away, and I can appreciate him for that: 1. Don't waste time trying to accomplish things that don't help your bottom line 2. More time given to do things makes more time to procrastinate 3. "Batch" activities at one time to get them done fas ...more
Nate Q
The 4 Hour Work Week OR How My Life is Awesome, and Good Luck Replicating It - Even With My Quick and Easy Five Thousand Tips

One thing that really gets into the marrow of my funny bone is how often Tim makes reference to the Pareto Principle (or the 80/20 rule, which states 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts, and applies to efficacy in many areas of life), and how this book is precisely that: 80% of it doesn’t apply to me (or most individuals) whatsoever, and the 20% that does Is
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brian Lehnen
Jun 24, 2007 brian Lehnen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Working Stiffs
It is nice to know that somebody is out there attempting to shed some light on the American rat-race lifestyle...

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.
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K.M. Weiland
Jan 07, 2015 K.M. Weiland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call me a cliché. A surprised cliché—because I really didn’t expect to join the cadre of readers whose lives were challenged and even changed by this book. I’m an efficiency nut, so I figured there might be a few good tips in here for streamlining my workflow (and there were). But what I wasn’t expecting was a call to reevaluate my life, my work, and my direction. I read it at just the right time, when I was shifting focus on projects anyway and ready for an overhaul. I filled up pages of notes ...more
Jami Leigh
Dec 26, 2012 Jami Leigh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2012
I figure, having been unemployed most of this year, I'd see if there were any suggestions in this book that I could actually apply into the kind of career I actually want to do. Well, that and it was free on a holiday promotion.

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
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Douglas
Mar 03, 2008 Douglas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Many of my friends have read this book and my friend Alex kept talking it up, so I picked it up.

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.

Eve
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Tommy
Feb 03, 2008 Tommy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books out there for breaking you out of the routine way of THINKING about your job, even if some of the model suggestions are a bit preposterous for a non-entrepreneur. Very inspiring!
Naveed
Mar 11, 2010 Naveed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spineless people.
This book is garbage. I donated it to my local library shortly after completing it. First off - the number of plugs Ferriss puts in his book is unbelievable. He's clearly getting a small cut from each of these people who want to "advertise" in his book. Secondly - he talks mostly about himself throughout this book. As opposed to Guy Kawasaki who might actually give instructions, and most likely will inspire, Tim Ferriss is so insecure about himself that he has to talk about his own dance skills ...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

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
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Joy
Feb 25, 2008 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the pretentious
So glad I got this book from the library. If I'd purchased the book I would have felt cheated out of money, not just time. Really, this is a book with a great title but it's more a brag book. There was so much talk of self indulgence, living the 'rock star life'. So much talk in fact , it is almost laughable at page 272 he devotes 4 paragraphs to service. Which he defines as "doing something that improves life besides your own." It was a lame afterthought.

In my opinion - using Mr. Ferriss's 4-Ho
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J.F. Penn
Aug 22, 2013 J.F. Penn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entrepreneur
The book that changed my life a few years ago. My aim was to be location independent, after a number of businesses and investments that tied me to one place. 5 years later, I am location independent and a full-time author-entrepreneur. This book helped me see it was possible.
Megan Olivier
Watch my October Reading Wrap Up to hear my thoughts!

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Leonid Svidersky
Nov 01, 2011 Leonid Svidersky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Это не столько книга, сколько сборник пошаговых действий для становления "Новым богачом". От начального момента ухода с работы, организации бизнеса, ухода от оперативного управления, до проблем "А что же мне теперь делать" и "В чем же смысл жизни?". Адаптирована для US, в других странах нужно искать собственные пути.
Eugenia Turculet
*Spoiler Alert*
This book is not about working 4 hours and making a living out of it. However, it is useful if one wants to optimize time and other resources in life in order to design a lifestyle that overcomes the 9 to 5 anguish.

3 main ideas I took from this book:

1. Mini retirements, or 1 month to a few years long vacations are not only desirable; they're necessary for reminding one's self the purpose of living, the importance of learning(be it a language, an instrument or making wine) and the
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Tim Ferriss is author of three #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. He is also a start-up advisor specializing in positioning, PR, and marketing (Uber, Evernote, etc.). When not damaging his body with abusive sports, he enjoys chocolate, bear claws, and Japanese animation.
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“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. "Someday" is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it "eventually," just do it and correct course along the way.” 169 likes
“But you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn't making you stronger, they're making you weaker.” 146 likes
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