This book felt mostly like Buffett was writing to the one-percenters, you know the super rich. Perhaps he thought he was writing for everyone but he wThis book felt mostly like Buffett was writing to the one-percenters, you know the super rich. Perhaps he thought he was writing for everyone but he wasn't. That's not who he is. Albeit he only got $90,000 when he turned of age, so he wasn't given everything. In the epilogue Buffett stated that the book really was just him thinking out loud, not really intended to be a self-help book or anything like that. No, it isn't anything like that at all. Just a few good ways to think about living your life, if you have the choice.
There are some good points in here, truly well meaning, trying to improve society overall, and for that I gave the book a decent rating. But honestly, if you aren't someone who has money and doesn't know what to do with your time, you can skip this one.
Here is one thought I particularly enjoyed, found in Chapter 6: "Our absolute needs are few. The more we imagine we need, the more we complicate our lives. These phantom needs drive us to acquire. The urge to acquire dictates how we use our time, and thereby limits our freedom. The more we think we need, the less free we are. On the other hand our freedom, our control of our own time, is increased by everything that we can do without. But doing without, unfortunately, is something that many people don't seem to be so good at." ...more
A book to refute the irrationality of the dumb-think of "all you need to do is think positive and all it will be" that we keep encountering in pop-psyA book to refute the irrationality of the dumb-think of "all you need to do is think positive and all it will be" that we keep encountering in pop-psychology, business empowerment, and well, almost anywhere. Let's add some rational thought to our lives. Yes, be hopeful, but not blind. Thank you Ehrenreich!...more
Ah yes, that would be a good thing, only working for four hours a week and earn enough money to sustain oneself. And this author claims not only enougAh yes, that would be a good thing, only working for four hours a week and earn enough money to sustain oneself. And this author claims not only enough to live, but thrive and do whatever you want with the rest of your time, particularly travel. Ferriss advocated taking mini-retirement vacations, NOW, do not wait 20 to 40 years. Now. His book purports to show you how to do this. But not entirely. If you have a successful business, that is not service related, you may get the most use out of this book. There isn’t too much here for everyone else. The keys are: product not service, and outsourcing is everything. There, now you don’t need to pick up this book. At least he provides some examples besides himself.
A note, on reading: Ferriss says don’t do it, with a few exceptions. This I cannot abide. He shows how you can learn to speed read too, which contradicts his advancement of slowing down in life. ...more