I was on vacation in Japan when the first version of this was released. I downloaded it and listened to it while I was walking around Japan, riding the bullet train etc. I wondered if I could follow the steps in the book and pull it off so I could live here.
I was working in the US for a software company as a software developer, and I convinced my boss to let me work remotely in Japan. I used the techniques and methods exactly as they were in the book, and it worked!
I used the tools Tim recommended and was able to do the same work remotely as if I were in the office. My office extension forwarded to my Skype number, and many of my customers never even knew they were talking to me in Japan.
I did that for 2 years, and recently quit to start my own software business here in Japan. The future looks bright, and I am living my life as I want it. I would not have been able to do it without the book.
This is a book that you will visit over and over again. Not only is it inspiring but it is basically a blueprint to Chang the easy you do business and the way you live. My life will never be the same.
Although I do not see myself incorporating many of the suggestions, others I will. The book provides a wealth of information and resources. I encourage people to listen to it on tape. You will not be disappointed!
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I am amazed how many poor reviews are out there about this book. I will agree the title is a bit desceptive but the information and resources in this book are well worth the small investment. If I were to say this book did one thing for me, it was to open my mind to posibilities that I had never thought of in both business and travel. The creativity the book sparked was invaluable.
It helped me realize that in my day job, myself and my direct supervisor are spending way too much time on the minutia that doesn't affect or impact anything. It's just a timesuck. The anecdote about two employees who are paid the same salary for the same job and one spends his time running around the office delivering things and doing extra small things that aren't impactful but works 60 hours and the other focuses just on what matters and only works 40. Which one is the smarter, harder working employee? That was me. I'm learning to say no to things that don't matter, prioritize what does and convincing my boss to delegate things like transcribing an interview - she's a VP and I'm middle-management - why the eff should we be spending our time transcribing an interview when we can outsource it for .99 cents/minute?!
monotonous at times. easy to lose focus on the words he's saying, but also oddly soothing at times.
Some of the reviews of this book are really naive in my opinion. Here's the thing - Ferriss even disclaims in the beginning - this isn't for everyone, not every one of these scenarios will work for everyone. pick and choose what applies to you. Why are some people getting their panties in a wad because he outsourced and automated to an extreme you can't? This isn't a step-by-step roadmap for everyone. But I guarantee there are at least 5 ideas or suggestions that anyone can apply to either their personal or professional lives.
Ferriss describing how he outsourced and automated so much of his business so he could work less, smarter not harder, inspired me to rethink the side business I'm starting. I took a step back and researched which online tools/programs I was going to use and evaluated their integrations to reduce the amount of manual entry or tedious admin activities I would need to do to a bare minimum. Sure, it'll cost me about $75 extra dollars a month, but that's what I charge an hour. So an extra $75 in business expenses that I can earn back in 1 hour of client work, but that will save me probably 8-10 hours of work a month. That's a NO BRAINER.
The way Ferriss described his learning curve on outsourcing research and admin work to overseas VAs was a lightbulb moment for me. I'm working on a huge product and really wanted to outsource some of the research but wasn't sure I would be able to because I need such particular information in such a particular way. I will definitely be re-listening to that section of the book multiple times. It made me realize that I CAN outsource most of the work actually, I just need to change how I assign the work and give it in small pieces. I've already started finding a VA on UpWork!
The listening of this book wasn't really easy for me.
Surely, there are very interesting parts and recommendation and the idea itself is a dream of many people and it's great.
However in my point of view, the interesting parts are mixed with boring and not easy to listen parts like packing recommendation, many websites and tools recommendations and I also didn't like the way of Timothy's writing. Honestly, I had a problem to finish the listening of this book.
Moreover, if you imagine that all or at least the most of people will follow these principles, it will make them not working because if everybody has time limit for reading emails, it will create significant delays in communication. If everyone wants to speak the first on a meeting to be able to leave later during the meeting, it will create a fight at the beggining and so on.
Despite it I would probably recommend this book to the most people but I would tell them not to expect too much. The book has better reviews than it is.
I have a bit of a different outlook on business than the author, but I definitely learned a lot of new things and have changed my business to apply some of the things I learned. This book was worth the money.
Still, this book was not as good as "The E-Myth Revisited." That was easily the best business book I've ever read, and I've read a lot....