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The 4-Hour Work Week | [Timothy Ferriss]

The 4-Hour Work Week

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. Includes more than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

This step-by step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:

  • How Tim went from $40,000 dollars per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per MONTH and 4 hours per week
  • How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
  • How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
  • How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
  • How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent 'mini-retirements'.

This new updated and expanded edition includes:

  • More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point
  • Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating email, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than £5 a meal
  • How lifestyle design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times
  • The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

©2011 Timothy Ferriss (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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  • N. Grant
    Nairobi, Kenya
    7/31/13
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    "This will change your life..."
    Where does The 4-Hour Work Week rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's my favourite audiobook so far (I'm an audiobook newbie).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The simplicity, just-get-it-done attitude with a lot of humour.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard Ray Porter before, but he's an excellent narrator. Great pace, tone, voices.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found the book really funny, and am probably now the local crazy lady since I walk to work.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • robin
    MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Entertaining and informative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The 4-Hour Work Week to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    READING, United Kingdom
    4/29/13
    Overall
    "Surprisingly inspiring"

    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 :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • r
    Wingrave,, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Talal
    Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom
    5/10/13
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    "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 :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M
    WALLINGFORD, United Kingdom
    12/29/11
    Overall
    "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.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. F. Neal
    Essex
    12/1/14
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    "Great Book, Not Just About Outsourcing"
    Where does The 4-Hour Work Week rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say no.2. I've listened to a lot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dreamlining part and questions - I thought that was a pretty good part


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    THe author explaining how his mother would call him "tunafish". Also his mother's reaction to him dropping out of school was quite funny.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No emotional reaction, just good information.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • hafiz
    9/22/14
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    "Six month review."
    Would you try another book written by Timothy Ferriss or narrated by Ray Porter?

    Not one written by Ferris. Porter narrates well.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J. Casey
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Isleworth, United Kingdom
    1/25/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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