Book review: The 4 hour Work Week

At first I was skeptical about any book called the 4 Hour Work Week.  It evoked the same feeling that I got when someone from Amway asked me to come to a “meeting” or was invited to invest in some Florida swamp land.


The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

Let me start by saying what this book is not.  It is not about getting rich quick or a vague rah rah cheerleading session of principles that can’t be put into practice.
The author has actually put this method in to practice.  His methods are less business school knowledge and more of a hackers guide to building a beautiful life.
This book is really about living the life that you want to live and creating a system that can support that lifestyle.  It is not for the faint of heart.  The book challenges our traditional values of trading hours for dollars.
This book eschews the current paradigm of working for 30 or 40 years and then at the end of your life finally getting a chance to do the things that you want to do whether it’s travel, spend time with your children or write the Great American novel.
The author, Tim Ferriss gives examples of how to create a business and how to remove your involvement in that business so that it provides you with an income that can support a person even without them being involved with business on a day-to-day basis.
He gives an idea of how to remove some of the minutia in life and focus on what is important to us NOW.
NOW is the the operative word for the entire book.  Why put off the life that you want until you are too old to appreciate it.
Tim Ferriss gives the reader some great strategies on how to build a business that can work for you while you live the life the you want.
If you have ever wanted to explore the idea of owning your own time, being around for you children or traveling the world, this is a good read.
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