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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"Not what you might expect"
This a fascinating book, no other words for it. It approaches an interesting topic (making money in a digital age) with new insights and ideas, all told with great energy by the narrator Ray Porter. Right at the outset Tim Ferriss makes it clear that his book is not about becoming a millionaire overnight or any 'Get Rich Quick' schemes, but is simply his own experiences of how he managed to reduce his work-hours and yet still earn enough to enjoy a lavish lifestyle. This is whet he means by 'New Rich'.
But there's the rub; many people reading this will be looking for ideas to help them break away from their 9-5 and, for me, the whole premise fell down when you realise that Ferriss already had an established successful online sales business when he came up with radical new ways to use technology and the digital market to minimise the time he needed to spend operating his business.
A keystone is the use of Virtual Assistants, and Ferriss is very positive about the services you can buy cheaply from India. Now I don't know when this book was written, but at the time of writing this review (Jan 2016) many companies are moving away from outsourcing to India due to the general poor quality of the services and goods provided, making the implied cost savngs unachievable as everything has to done 2-3 times (if you're lucky)
Some of Ferriss' ideas are interesting whereas others I just didn't follow. In one chapter he mentions how, if one of your dreams is a supercar, then these can be bought on credit at very good rates. This is true; as a former Aston-Martin owner I will agree ownership is indeed within most people's grasp. But as any 'supercar' owner will tell you, buying the car is the easy bit; keeping it is the challenge. A service on my DB7 started at £1000, throw in an oil change or a new part and you're well into the £2K mark. Plus, wouldn't having such a financial commitment make you more reliant on your 9-5, not less?
If you're looking for a change of direction work-wise this book is not for you; if you already have a successful business and are frustrated with the time it chews up then this book is definitely aimed at you
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 :)
"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.
My first audio book and I'm hooked. Great book to start, the narrator was excellent. Very easy to listen to would highly recommend it
"Loved it but..."
Yes because it is inspiring
I loved this book, it is fantastic and its incredibly inspiring. Unfortunately Ray Porter disengages me and his americanisms; the monotone nature makes me want to turn it off.
"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 :)
"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.
"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, really well narrated!"
great book, really well narrated, good listen even if some parts are not applicable the guide is very well structured easy listening.
"Not what I expected - disappointed"
I expected a book about building wealth and being successful, this was not that book. This book seems geared to a very specific audience - people who want to continue in their current job but also travel the world. It's all about negotiating remote working, trying to reduce your hours and then travelling the world on a shoestring budget. Large parts are given over to listing useful websites and companies to get cheaper travel.
I want to travel the world because I have enough passive income to not work, I don't want to travel and be working at the same time.
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