Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan - there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.
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"This will change your life..."
It's my favourite audiobook so far (I'm an audiobook newbie).
The simplicity, just-get-it-done attitude with a lot of humour.
I haven't heard Ray Porter before, but he's an excellent narrator. Great pace, tone, voices.
I found the book really funny, and am probably now the local crazy lady since I walk to work.
"Entertaining and informative"
I think the print version would be better because there are many links, references and in some cases step by step guides. To follow the steps in 4 hour work week, the print version would be best. For entertainment, audiobook is fine.
I listened to this across many sittings (walkings actually, as I listen to audiobooks when I go walking) and it was easy to jump in and out of
The steps in this book are unlikely to be achievable for many people. But there are tools in this book that somebody in ANY career can put into practice.
What I've found with other Tim Ferriss books is that they are first and formost an entertaining work. Secondly, I usually find one large chunk in the book that I can implement. Finally, there are usually a handful of links, further readings or similar that I pursue.
This book fell into the same pattern, with the chapter on muse creation being the most useful for me. I took elements from some of the other chapters, and was entertained throughout, laughing out loud a number of times.
I started listening to this without any expectation and, at first, found it a bit condescending. However, once past the initial barrage of criticism of 'ordinary' people who go to work every day and look forward to retirement as their reward for all their hard graft, I found it really inspiring. He is right of course; sacrificing your happiness now in the hope that you can do / be all of the things you want to when you retire is pretty stupid. This book isn't so much a self help book in the common psychological sense, but real practical tips and advice on how to actually free up your time to do the things you want to do, with a sprinkling of inspiration just to whet your appetite. Turns out, I really enjoyed it and have started listening to it again :)
"The four hour workweek"
Tim Ferriss is an interesting guy and the four hour workweek is a very interesting book.
Firstly let's deal with Ferriss. He is one of life's great achievers. He is an author, entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker. In addition he is a tango and kick boxing expert! His book is full of 'how to' ideas. How to start your own business, how to make use of internet technology, how to use a virtual PA, how to make better use of your time, how to make contact with busy and important people, etc, etc. You may not feel that you can follow the 'Ferriss instruction book for life' in its entirety, but even just picking up on one or two of his ideas will make a positive difference.
Buy the book, it's only £3.99 and it will change your life!
"Good book but I wish Tim Ferriss was reading it"
I like audiobooks that are narrated by the author. They are read in the same energy as how they were wrote; you begin to understand and keep track of the text when you feel someone is genuine about reading it to you. I'll still listen to it but I feel it'd have been more engaging if it was read by the source. But I guess that's what the 4 hour work week is all about :)
"A dull lecture in the obvious"
This book is mainly a list of web sites to buy "stuff" and a lecture on the bleeding obvious. Unless you want to start a web site selling "stuff" and then travel this book is not for you.
"Great Book, Not Just About Outsourcing"
I'd say no.2. I've listened to a lot.
The dreamlining part and questions - I thought that was a pretty good part
THe author explaining how his mother would call him "tunafish". Also his mother's reaction to him dropping out of school was quite funny.
No emotional reaction, just good information.
Apart from the dreamlining section, the books main thrust is in how you can leverage your time using other people (for example VA's in India), and provides good insights into how you can do this. I'll be going back again at some point to go over some of the methods and techniques. HIs blog is also well worth it and has really good info available for nothing. Because I enjoyed this book, I'm getting the other two (chef and body).
"Six month review."
Not one written by Ferris. Porter narrates well.
I wanted to go out there and try everything, set up a business etc. I followed some of the advice and a lot of it is really good but the idea that all of us can work only 4 hours a week using these ideas is ridiculous. Even the writer works 80-100 hours each week!
This should be called the "80-100 Hours Work Week" because that is what the writer does and that is what he is really suggesting. If you want to be self-employed then you will need to work more hours than you do in normal employment. That is just a fact of life. This book gives you some good ideas of how to cut those 80-100 hours a week but definitely not to 4! That is a fallacy in the title.
"Interesting ideas with lots you can steal"
This book was a bit hit and miss for me. There are some great ideas for how to reduce your work load and work more efficiently, thus theortically reduce your working time. It's only really applicable for running your own business though and even then, the title is completely misleading because even Tim Ferris quite obviously works WAY more than 4 hours per week. However, there are some useful efficiency tips and it certainly helped me to think about work/business in a new way.
"This book rocks!"
For me, I think this book brought life priorities into sharper focus and did help me understand how someone *could* achieve this way of living. I think I listened to this one a few times whilst trying out some of the methods he suggests, but was unable to make his suggestions work properly. I'd certainly recommend this, if only to understand the art of the possible.
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