This is an absolute must read for everyone. This is my exclusive absolute recommendation. Details, details, details. Nothing is abstract, it is a gem.
I enjoy learning through non-fiction books. My current goal is to read biographies of all past U.S. Presidents. Recommendations are welcome!
This book helps the reader break down the barriers of societal thinking by bringing you back to the essentials. Do you remember why you put effort in each day? Or, have you lost sight of the end goal?
Tim Ferriss helps the reader re-focus their commitments from their "job" to their goal. This is not a book about quitting your career and living in the woods "off the grid". On the contrary, it is a book about staying focused on your goals and finding the most effective ways to execute them.
As most books do, it starts off a bit slow, but keep reading. There is a definitive sense of freedom that comes from completing this book. We must analyze our decisions with a cost-benefit method that asks: "am I receiving the most I can in exchange for my time and energy?"
Personally, I have kept his words in mind while making decisions, and I am happy with the results. A must-read for individuals who are running in the hamster wheel of their career.
I've avoided this book for years because of the title. I was certain that anybody promoting a 4 hour work week was selling snake oil.
What I found though was a thought provoking look at the way most of us 'do work' and even life. I recommend this to anyone looking to break out of your routine and the monotony of 9-5 or, like me, break free from the 70+ hr work weeks.
I have over 25 years of experience in Healthcare and after drinking copious amounts of coffee decided to stick with truly great coffee and indulge not only in drinking it, but selling it too. I believe life should be a lot of fun and education a life long pursuit.... Learn something new every day and live 'at least' 10% out of your comfort zone at all times.
I never picked up the print version of this book. With limited time on my hands it was ideal as an audio book. I will retain it for future reference and still need to go to the web site and look at the additional tools available.
No character stands out in my mind. I saw this book as an educational tool.
This is a first listen for me with reference to Ray Porter. I felt Ray did an excellent job.
Wow, there are so many! The main gift I have from this book is to value my time more and find ways to reduce wasting it.
Concept in this book is a challenge to implement in your life However, I am already seeing changes that are a huge benefit.
30+ IT/Geek Male. Used to read lots, but now the "reading" is best done via audible.
I would suggest this as one of those package deals with the written book. There really is too much to the framework to get it from the listening alone. I suggest the first listen, is done end to end without the book. Then listen to each chapter, a second time, when you get to the "questions and actions" pull out your book and start working thru it all. Now is the time to make friends with evernote or some other workflow solution for arching information digitally. I really would suggest evernote, once it's paid, the ability to also OCR index the scanned text, and pdf text, is a powerful tool. :)
Tim Ferriss is clearly a rich white dude in his 20s- or at least he was when he started writing this book. Ambitious, naive, and energetic, he has all the traits necessary for success, and he makes some good points about achievement and success, and having a positive outlook on life. He gets credit for that. For example, his assertion is correct that instead of striving to earn large amounts of money, we should decide what experiences or things we want out of life, and then work backwards from that to decide how much money we need. Also, the automation of income is truly the way to financial independence, and he's right on the money there.
But his stories quickly get weird, even ridiculous. His accounts of tango contests and global sailing are quaint, but he loses credibility very quickly when he advises the reader on how to win a kickboxing contest: basically, he says game the system. And here is where his age shows. While taking advantage of technicalities in order to earn money might be legal and profitable, he misses the point on kickboxing. Isn't the point of learning to kickbox health, competition, discipline, defense? What value is a trophy if you only got it, as he basically did, though his opponents' forfeit? Did he really master kickboxing? Or did he just create the illusion of being better than his opponents? How deep is the joy one gets out of that? There are a number of assertions out there, in fact, that he never did win any national championship.
If the goal is make people think you're successful, Ferriss is on to something. I hear he made his fortune selling a nutritional supplement that was never proven effective scientifically. Legal? Yes. Profitable? Hella. Does that make him trustworthy? Uh...
Ultimately, happy people are those who enjoy the work they do, not people who spend even just four hours a week being miserable so they can sip mai tais the rest of the time. I want to read the book Tim Ferriss writes when he's 60, and has more perspective than he does now. TED should have waited as long to give him talk.
Say something about yourself!
What do you want? Travel? More family time? Fun and fulfilling work? All the above?
Why wait until 65 when you'll have aches and pains, the kids will be grown and gone, and you'll be ground down by having spent 40 years doing something you didn't love.
This book explains how to have it all now while you can still enjoy it. Listen with an open mind and you too can achieve your dreams. I know a bunch of people who have done this and they've used many of the techniques outlined in this book. The ideas work. There are a million ways to make money and working for someone else, according to their rules, is only one of them. The internet is changing the world, figure out how to use it to your advantage.
If everyone lived like this nothing would ever move forward. A bible for anyone who doesn't value actually contributing to society.
Gives many practical ways of doing things more efficiently and effectively. Listening to he audio book I realised I needed the paper version as well in order to check on some of the webistes etc. Mahendra