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The 4 Hour Workweek, Expanded And Updated: Expanded And Updated, With Over 100 New Pages Of Cutting Edge Content.

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The New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Body shows readers how to live more and work less, now with more than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content.

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,
Kindle Edition, Exp Upd, 416 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Harmony
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Todd Mitchell
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
It took me less than a week to read even the expanded version of 4-Hour Work Week. This wasn't for lack of content, but for a combination of speed-reading reminders and rants about focus and Getting Things Done (GTD).

In all honesty, I started this book with ill intentions. I'm often skeptical of anything too many people get excited about and author Tim Ferriss fits the bill. Still, I figured if I wanted to bag on the guy I was going to do the homework first.

I'm glad I did. While I don't buy in
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So in reality, The 4-Hour Workweek is lifestyle porn for me. Tim Ferriss discusses real, practical strategies for cutting loose from the traditional working world, and living a lifestyle with less work, more time for important things, and the ability to travel the world.

I liked this book quite a bit. I'm not sure how useful most of it will be to me, but it sure makes me dream about what *could* be. "If only I had an idea for a business..."

Mr. Ferriss not only provides philosophical and psycholog
Alexander Fedyunin
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Maybe there are a few good ideas, but when you are reading about "stop read some boring books", or "those books which waste you time", the best idea is to stop now with that book. So I've done at at 25%. Enough.
For a while now, I've been thinking of an "alternative lifestyle" that would allow me to work while not being location dependent. Then a friend of mine recommended this book, but it took me 4 months to finish it! Some parts (especially the last third) were really interesting to me, but other parts definitely weren't.

It think it's one of those kind of books that you shouldn't read every sentence from, but jump from chapter to chapter based on what is interesting to you. I don't know if I have OCD
Vladyslav Sitalo
The style of the book is somewhat annoying but if you overcome this annoyance this book has something to share with you.

It's a fun fact that I've decided to read this book around the same time as Elon Musk's biography.

And as both of the books is fresh in my mind, I can see two drastically different approaches to life from Elon and Tim.

Tim is asking reader to dream big set impossible goals and than talks about buying a car or going to some nice place to live.
From my perspective "big" is what Mu
Joel Gascoigne
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Interesting style - lots of information, and it comes at a rapid pace. Lots of reasoning around the concepts he proposes.

Overall, I was very inspired. I've been thinking more about "maximum profit with minimum time effort" for my own business for a while, and reading this has really triggered me to want to make that work.

I don't agree with everything he suggests, such as finding technical loopholes in order to win competitions, and I think I value honesty and integrity perhaps more than he does,
Carrie Kellenberger
The 4 Hour Workweek is full of great advice for anyone who wants a non conventional lifestyle in business. If you want time to live your life instead of being in cubicle day in and day out, this is the book for you. I like being efficient, so I especially enjoyed his chapter on Automation, and I can easily see how to apply it to my own business.

Tim Ferris will teach you how to work remotely, how to cut 50% of your work load, and how to live your life to the fullest. He provides solid resources f
"Someday" is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you."

What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations she is willing to have.

Full disclosure, this book gave me a giant kick in the ass. It hyped me the F*ck up. After finishing this book I was ready to sell everything I own and move to Asia and Europe for 6months to a year. This book spoke to be on such a deep level, i
Jean Oram
Apr 29, 2018 added it
Shelves: nonfiction
I really liked the beginning of the book. I realized partway through that I'm already doing a bit of what he preaches. It's all about lifestyle, right?

He has some great ideas and it was inspiring to read. I don't work the kind of job he is talking about breaking free from, and as someone who took their family on a six week camping trip across the continent the other summer, I think I do indeed understand the concepts he talks about. Still, it was a great reminder about delegating, outsourcing,
Louis Shulman
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
TFWW is a super inspiring and thought-provoking book. It encourages the reader to challenge any and all commonly held assumptions and to act on their new insights. I am really motivated by it, and I would recommend it to anybody interested in alternative lifestyles. I noticed a lot of references to the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People which added another layer to the book because I was able to get a good idea of the author's sources of influence.

This is a very simple review and I would h
Anita Aldana
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
excellent book for taking you out of the comfort zone and paradigms of society regarding work life and income "musts". loved the book exercises to make you experiment by yourself that anything is possible as long as you set the key milestones to achieve it.
Mohammed Al-Abdullah
هذا الكتاب يعتبر من أكثر الكتب إبداعا في طرح الأفكار , ربما يعيب على الكتاب تكرار المعلومة بشكل ممل لكنه كتاب خارج عن الصندوق المعتاد ..

يركز الكتاب على كيفية تقليل ساعات العمل مقابل التركيز على الإنتاجية , ويعضد هذا المبدأ بمجموعة من الأفكار والأدوات المختلفة

كما أن الكاتب يرفض العمل الوظيفي الروتيني ويحاول أن يقنع القارئ بضرر مثل هذا النوع من الأعمال

ذكر الكاتب في آخر الكتاب مجموعة من الأخطاء المسببة لضياع الوقت وتقليل الإنتاجية :

1. الإنغماس في العمل من أجل العمل فقط من دون أي أهداف أو أحلام تس
Colin Price

Despite the wealth of resources provided in this book and some very practical and actionable suggestions, I don't think I could recommend this in good conscience. Go read Marianne Cantwell's Free Range Humans instead.

There are many flaws I could point to in Ferriss' philosophy and general inability to be a compassionate human, but most of them have been outlined in greater detail by the other reviewers on this site. Suffice to say that Tim Ferriss would make Ayn Rand proud. And probably a lo
Héctor Iván Patricio Moreno
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent advise

This is one of the books that can yield a huge influence in your life if you apply the principles exposed in it. Some of the content seems counterintuitive and some parts of the book appears to be in opposition to others but if you think long enough can see that all the principles are consistent. If I have to take only one point of the entire book it would be this: Eliminate as much as you can of your life, to travel lighter and faster.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business-books
Interesting ideas as always with a Tim Ferriss book. However... Not only was the book light on actual, tangible business ideas, but as a business owner I also do not appreciate the suggestion to employees that they should basically lie to their employers and find ways to do as little work as possible for them while they try to transition to working for themselves. There are ways to make that transition honestly and with integrity.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-to-read
great book for employees looking to start their own thing. provides the inspiration, tools, case, instructions, checklists and even sample letters to you boss. some tools referred are bit outdated but most of them are still good.
Ивайло Борисов
Not your common "useless tips and tricks about how to improve your life and wealth" book. Having read tens of those 1-hit "wonders", whose names I don't even bothered to remember, I could easily see the difference and tell you what - Tim has nailed it.
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Odlična knjiga, ki mi je spremenila pogled na vrsto stvari. Darilo prijatelja.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Book. All need to Read this
Kyle Bale
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have long followed the popularity of "The Four Hour Workweek", but only on the fringe. From my initial understanding, I believed the book to be about moving to Thailand and having a low cost-of-living, thus allowing one to work fewer hours. While the idea of global travel and taking advantage of mobility is touched on, the prose goes much further in scope.

The Four Hour Workweek is very similar in structure to "Rich Dad Poor Dad" in that it argues a case for an alternative lifestyle the traditi
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I had seen the uber-orange cover of The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss all over: Bookstores (duh!), backseats of cars, airplane terminals, frat houses and more. Yet despite its proliferation into the hands (and Kindles) of millions of people all over the world, and its catchy headline, I had yet to read it. In fact, I had no inclination to read it whatsoever.

Quite frankly, I had no idea what it was about. Plus the title made it sound like it b
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, as a general statement, the author comes off as an asshole as much as helpful. That just seems to be the attitude that is prevalent through the book. However, there was information that was helpful, and I do plan to reread the book (at some point).

The other thing I will note, as the core of this book is for people that 'could' have a remote work environment. The many chapters covering how to get your job to be a remote job so you can work from anywhere are great, if your job does not requir
Scott Wozniak
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very rare re-read (sort of). Several years ago I read the first version of this book and when the expanded/updated version came out I passed. I almost never re-read a book. That's because: 1) there are a ton of new books coming out and I love new ideas, and 2) I have a pretty solid memory for the things I read. But I re-read this one.

Partly, the expanded/updated version helped (I don't know that I would have re-read the original again). But partly I read it because there I use the book
Sergey Ivanov
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, self-made
«Занятой человек занят всем, кроме жизни. Нет ничего труднее, чем научиться жить» Луций Анней Сенека

Идея книги в том, что можно максимально сократить свой рабочий день и заняться тем, чем давно хотел — путешествиями, семьёй или что тебе ещё нужно. Причём, здесь есть варианты выхода из «крысиных бегов» как для предпринимателей, так и для наёмных сотрудников.

С некоторыми с идеями из книги я не согласен. В частности с идеей изображать из себя специалиста и на этом зарабатывать деньги — даже есть це
Hillary Chamberlin
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
Going into this book I was anticipating learning a bit about how to create an alternative work life and get some helpful tips on how to do so. I listened to about half of the audio version and decided this book isn't really for me. Although I did take away a few useful tips, I especially like the part of taking risky steps and assessing how risky they actually would be. To do one thing that scares you a day is also some fun advice. But after slogging through the audio book I got to a point where ...more
Eric Salama
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Tim exposes a couple of interesting and useful tips, tricks and general advice for people getting started with entrepreneurship but if you already passed through other big titles in business, chances are that you're not getting anything new from here.
It will be a decent read, only if, your are sure that you are working too much hours; feel unproductive or ineffective; are able to delegate or remove tasks from your daily workflow; pay some cheap person from another country to do stuff for you.
Tiffany H
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Maybe one day I'll finish this book, but for now, I just can't. Some of the management tips are practical, such as checking your email less and minimizing meetings. However, I don't agree with his tips for outsourcing everything and pretending to be busy/unavailable to free up your own time. Ultimately, these tips free up time for himself, but none of the people working for him - which is hypocritical to me. How can you focus on living your life at the expense of others? Also, the key to living ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: change-your-life
I found this book to be helpful in thinking about finding efficiencies in your life. While I didn't agree with everything Tim recommends, and don't think I'm interested in starting a passive income business, there were some great tips. The idea about finding virtual assistants to outsource time consuming every day tasks was really interesting. It applies for more than just business - I tested it out to have a VA find me the best price on an item I wanted to order in bulk that I frequently buy. T ...more
Katie Regan
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Wow, lots of people hate this guy, huh? Well, I just listened to this audiobook and I found it totally inspiring. Of course, this comes at a time when I am planning to untether myself from life as we know it, and he was essentially preaching to the converted, but there were a lot of good reminders and bits of advice for someone who is new at this idea. Like any book, I don't expect to be able to take every single word as gospel, and I don't really care if the guy is a douchebag as consuming this ...more
Vincent P
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As you'll see from my other reviews, I'm a big fan of Tim Ferriss and this is the book that started it all.

I have hardcover copies of both editions and my wife has her own copies as we don't want to share it with each since we're always referring to it! I also have the Kindle version as well.

The critics of this book are usually ones who misinterpret or take the title too literal.

It's NOT about only working 4 hours per week...'s about using your time (and energy) for the most meaningful resu
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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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