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!
I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. It changed the way i look at my life. He teaches how to utilize technology to free time and spend it doing the things that you love. He gives you ideas. Automation.
I totally recommend it. He has some valuable resources in this book that you can use right away.
This book is great because if might make you realize how your life plans might be outdated and flawed. It might throw light on areas that maybe you thought made some sense (such as the question "do I really need to work this hard?"). The ideas are not new, but the way Tim Ferriss puts them together and presents them, makes you get excited about the possibilities. A warning, though, you have to get past the style of the author, and ignore what might seem like constant bragging. Just listen to the entire book and take what applies to your life.
This audio book has opened my eyes in ways I never would have imagined. After listening to it more than a dozen times, I visited my local bookstore and purchased the hard cover book as well, because of all of the invaluable references tools. This audio book is very well researched, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their life by actually having enough time to enjoy it.
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After watching Timothy Ferriss on :"A Day In The Life (Hulu)", I was interested at reading The 4-Hour Workweek. I wished that I hadn't because it's not realistic at all, unless you have unlimited funds.
"I made 40k a month and I was still not happy... Too much work." Just quoting Ferriss.
Basically, you outsource everything without doing any work and check your email once a week and be antisocial. The book is an infomercial for Dot Com's. Ferriss has no work ethics. He uses other people and dot coms for day to day tasks.
I gave 5 stars on performance just because Ray Porter (narrator) portrays Timothy Ferriss as a douche.
I can only imagine that Porter's performance is accurate.
This is an absolute must read for everyone. This is my exclusive absolute recommendation. Details, details, details. Nothing is abstract, it is a gem.
Just like the Pareto equation, this book will change your life even if you apply 20% of its contents to your life. Some of it you may not be able to do because of your career or goals. Some of it will require a very open mind, but I can reassure you that even at that 20% you will change your life to a better one. Priceless.
Timothy Ferriss makes some startling claims in the book, not only about how to game your work life, but about his own accomplishments as well. He lays claim a couple times to being a champion martial artist. However, as I understand the researchable facts, there is no public record of him being a champion, or anything else. He claims to lecture at Princeton University. The reality is that he does a guest lecture for one class once a semester, and is not listed at Princeton as a lecturer. He also claims to have become wealthy by starting and running his own company that marketed a health drink that purports to improve brain function. Of course there is no scientific research to back up the claim, no FDA approval, nor any evidence that the product is anything but one of thousands of such “promise everything, do nothing” snake-oils that have made many unethical marketeers wealthy over the centuries.
With this as a backdrop, should I or you want to take business advice from this man? Surprisingly, the answer may be “yes”.
The reason is that Timothy is, if nothing else, a master gamer. He studies the rules of the game, finds its weaknesses, and like the very smart rat in a maze, he crawls over or tunnels under the barriers to get to the prize before anyone else. If one can utilize this strategy without a breach of ethics, I count that as working smarter, not harder!
This is my view of the heart of his work. Can you get away with only working 4 hours a week at your job? Not unless you are a master snake-oil salesperson. Can you get far more accomplished in far less time? Absolutely, and I’m convinced anyone reading this book will find at least a few treasures they can take back to the job to make themselves and the organization better, smarter, and more effective.
Marc Mintz, ACHDS, ACSP, ACTC
CIO and Senior IT Consultant