Broker/Realtor in Springfield IL with The Real Estate Group. Avid Self-Help and Business "Reader" with an emphasis on communication. Also a closet science nerd and former rock star :)
I gotta tell ya... I read/listen to a ton of this type of book. What constantly frustrates me about many of these reads it that it is all theory and philosophy. 4HWW is NOT that at all! It's cover to cover hands on activity and exercise to get you on the road to what's really important to you.
I'm in the middle of my third full listen, but have listened to several chapters over and over. It's definitely worth a monthly credit. Highly recommended.
This is the kind of book that pays for itself if all it does is get you thinking....Its not practical that EVERYONE can emulate the writers lifestyle, nor would everyone want to. Anyone who is a modern entrepreneur is already applying some of the principles of this book by instinct. What the listener benefits most from is applying the "attitude" of the book to their life - take the nuggets from the book that you need and fit best with the way you currently work or run your business.
The content has some eye opening ideas about your life and your job... the idea that you can be in control, travel and live on the cheap in foreign countries, delegate more effectively and offload your busy work, take advantage of technology to do more remote work, take mini retirements every couple of years rather than waiting until you are 65. Simple ideas framed in a strategic way to make you think about your life differently than the rest of the corporate drones and the overworked overacheiving entrepeneurs, but also the practical implementation details to help make such far fetched strategies into reality.
I like the content in the book, save the mundane internet addresses spelled out in painstaking monotony in each chapter's "Questions and Actions" section. The reader sucks - he does not make the content sound fun or interesting - way too serious for this subject. It has almost ruined the message of the book. I am considering reading the text and erasing the audio as result.
I bought this book in paperback first and was very impressed with the content. There are several KEY thought-changing perspectives that can help you unlock your mind and figure out how you want to structure your work-life. Great information.
I could never find the time to finish reading it so I bought the audio version. I was able to find the time to listen to it on my commute to work so that part of the audio was good. However, there are two things that made listening to the book difficult for me. One was that Tim provides a LOT of web links and references that people can use as life-tools which the narrator read VERBATIM. That made those sections of the book incredible monotonous. The other small irritation that got worse as the book went along was that the narrator sounded somewhat sarcastic. That's ok for a little while but by the end of the 8 hours or so of listening, I was glad I was finished with it.
I'll refer back to my hard copy of the book but I won't listen to the audio version again.
Really interesting but sometimes annoying to listen to because of all the Web references (www, slash, etc.) I also think you will get more out of the book if you follow the exercises and some require a pen and paper.
Don't get me wrong, I think it is really worth reading the book, but I am not sure it should have been an audio book in the first place, unless you want to do like me and buy the printed version after listening to the audio book.
There is a lot of information in this book. Specific places to go and find resourses which is great to have but a little tough to write all down when listening to the book driving. I might buy a print version as well just to have as a reference. Otherwise, great book!
I just downloaded this book and look forward to listening to it, however I must say it is trying to reach a 4 hour work week in 13 hours..... Is it worth the time? I'll keep you posted.
I had read some negative reviews of this book and had my doubts, but I found it very enjoyable to read, but most importantly, it gave me a whole bunch of new tools and strategies to use in my life. Except for family requirements (kids in school), I am someone who can take full advantage of the way Tim proposes we work. I have to listen again as it is well stocked with good advice. You kind of need to take notes as you listen and I did it almost entirely on my bike. His accompanying website is an awesome addition to the process. This is one of those books that has started to change my outlook and the way I manage my life. Much appreciated.
This is perhaps one of the most impacting and life-changing book that I have ever read on pursuing your dreams, goals, and passions. Tim gives a very clear blueprint for designing your ideal lifestyle and the tips, tricks, and shortcuts that he provides are astounding. Perhaps the best 22 bucks I've ever spent. I've recommended it to everyone I know and many whom meet. If you're ready to get out of the Matrix, this book is for you.
What can I say. As a pure capitalist I would prefer to trash this book so no one else would read it. That's how much it changed my life. But I owe it to Tim Ferriss (yes to the other reviewer - He IS the man!) to tell it like it is.
I'm 40 and I own and run 3 successful businesses that take all my time. I have everything I could ever want but no time to enjoy it. After listening to this book I immediately started the process of selling them all.
I then sat down and wrote a 2 page business plan that will allow me to work only a few hours each week. Its a good workable plan that plays to my strengths. After my mini-retirement I will start to build my new automated business. I feel like 1000 pounds have been lifted off my shoulders.