If you want to read this book, do so in print: at least that way you can easily skim it. It has only a few points, which you will most likely get out of any newspaper or magazine review. The key point of the book (and I doubt I'll be able to find the details) is that you should find a job that lets you work remotely. Once you have that, you can be creative to reduce your "work load" to its core, which is only a few hours of real work a week. This can be achieved through entrepreneurship, outsourcing, or just working from home where nobody is watching your hours. You are then free to intersperse your "retirement" throughout your life, doing things you enjoy.
The rest of the book, as far as I can tell, is platitudes and case studies that are light on details. In the print copy, I'm certain you can skip all that junk, but in the audio version, you'll want to listen to it at 2 or 4x speed, if you can. The only redeeming feature of the audio version is that the narrator does try to add drama to the reading.
Tim Ferris has constructed a book that smart people will put into action before the whole concept implodes upon itself. What he has to say about outsourcing is absolutely true TODAY. However, it's like the idea of a completely service-based society: if everyone makes money by washing other people's clothes, eventually everyone will starve to death. You see, he says outsource your work to make big bucks. But if everyone ends up outsourcing, who's left to purchase what you're outsourcing? Someone has to actually grow or manufacture or build or do SOMETHING physical that will only be outsource-able to a point. It's really the dilemma the US is facing with illegal aliens: they are needed to do the physical work at "poverty" wages because no one else is willing to--until those "illegals" end up doing better than many of the citizens that consider themselves too "good" to labor in the fields and sweatshops. In short, Ferris delivers great resources, but he also makes no apologies for being shockingly self-centered (note how he became a world kick-boxing champion) nor for his position that rule-bending (if not outright lying) is essential in the process of getting ahead. That attitude bothers me, personally...but it probably resonates with much of Gen X and Y. Hence, I gave this book a one-star demerit for morals.
While this audiobook may have a few helpful hints here and there for managing your time and energy, Ferriss clubs the listener/reader over the head with talk of his life spent climbing mountains and being anywhere but the office. What he's advocating is the supremely selfish lifestyle - you can start a business and put it in motion, after which point you're pretty much totally useless for everything except receiving money. Don't be fooled with talk of anyone being able to do what Ferriss does - slick talk and smooth assurances mask the fact that he both depends on and walks all over the network of subordinates he's put together to run his life while he plays around.
what a load of self-aggrandizing rot. it would have taken many fewer words, and quite a few less irritating kick boxing anecdotes, to say "e-commute. work smarter, not harder. get a blackberry and a laptop and travel the world."
This is a classic example of how our culture is evolving. The author recounts case after case of how to live selfishly, including exploiting loopholes, avoiding responsibility under the guise of achieving efficiency and perhaps worst of all ripping off employers. Employers, his lifestyle funders, put some level of faith employers when they give them the freedom to work from home, for example and the author returns that faith by promoting a "do just enough" attitude. Frankly, the author and all those who follow his perspective should quit their jobs, and follow their dreams as entrepreneurs in the fields of their passion.
I would request my money back.
PS: to all who read these, keep in mind that the author would sat that writing these reveiws is a complete waste of time.
This book is fun to listen to. It may have some real out of this world ideas, can they be done, I don't know. It does provide food for tought. It has ideas that make you think of you own situation. Makes you consider the direction you may want to take.
Keep your mind open, this book is a good source of information for all.
Yes, the reader is a bit drab. It took me a while to get past that. It doesn't fit with the "I am so cool - don't you want to be like me?" lifestyle stuff that fills the first 1/3 of the book. But his no-nonsense delivery really does well for the later sections of the book which are all "how to" and surprisingly good. I suspect his writing suffers from the same thing his other businesses do = a lack of pride of ownership that comes with an absentee CEO. He would probably agree ... from his beach chair in the bahamas.
All-in-all it's worth the time to listen (maybe more than once) if you intend to act on his suggestions.
I have been living what Mr. Ferris has been talking about for years. I was comforted to know I was not alone. He formalizes the approach I found by accident. I've met many others who live life by the same rules. Most of us will not meet these people because they're off enjoying their life.
Many people made negative comments about the audiobook, but I think it's fine.
Awesome material and thought provoking, if you can get past the sneering narrator droning website URLs on and on and on at the end of each chapter - VERY ANNOYING to listen to and I skipped over those sections. Perhaps they should have been provided as a downloadable PDF supplement?
Past that - very much worth the listen.
I really enjoyed this book. It has many practical websites and ideas. The core ideas of outsourcing and focusing on the truly important are great. The only caveat for me is that once you have kids, has traveling around the world lifestyle becomes less desirable. Also, so many books are telling everyone to quit their jobs. If everyone listened nobody would pick up the trash, put out fires, etc.