Tim Ferriss is an extraordinary young man on a mission. The 28-year-old serial vagabond and successful entrepreneur has been teaching a wildly popular course at Princeton University for the past four years: a how-to and why-to guide to throwing out the old methods for success (balancing life and work, retiring well, having a great nest egg) and replacing them with an entirely new way of living.
The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.
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"It's about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador." (Jack Canfield)
"Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I have more time in my life to travel, spend time with family, and write book blurbs. This is a dazzling and highly useful work." (A.J. Jacobs, Editor-at-Large, Esquire)
I've read many books on a similar topic, and while the concepts are similar - Tim goes way beyond into real life, nitty gritty detail about steps to accomplish the goal of streamlining and stripping away unnecessary tasks; testing goals before setting out to achieve them; and finalizing it all into a life plan. Highly recommended!
Being 47 and with 5 children aged 7 to 17, I find this book a little unrealistic for someone at my stage of life. More than that, I simply did not enjoy his tone throughout the book. He seems to have a life filled with activity, but little substance. As I listened, I kept wondering what was the matter with me that I had no desire to do all of the jet setting and globe trotting. Call me boring, but I would rather stay in one place and build long term relationships with my family, neighbors and friends. Yes, I do want my children to have some really neat experiences (trips to Africa, Alaska, whatever...), but not at the cost of growing up disengaged from my friends and family.
There were some good suggestions to maintain control of your work and clients, however, I am already employing most of them.
Terrible book to "listen" to...maybe better to read.
I listened to this audiobook and kept waiting for the author to get to the part which made it clear why he picked the title he did. He spends most of his time speaking about three things: outsourcing odd jobs to india, convincing boss to let you work from home some, and taking mini retirements of a year or so. the only trouble is that most bosses arent going to let you spend 36 of your 40 yours out of the office and still keep you job and most people who are interested in building a life are not going to be able to uproot and just travel to some distance location of the globe (the author gives useless advice about using online travel cites etc to get good deals). it seems this books simply is the authors way of living his own advice. he did not want to work for a living so he through together a bunch of random examples from his own life and bunched it together to sale to us suckers to fund his next year long mini retirement.
On the "pro" side:
(1)This book is often humerous and entertaining (2)The lists of service websites are a valuable time saver when looking for available resources for your business.
(3) Its motivational value (mostly from motivational quotes) and fear analysis chapter is helpful.
But on the "con" side I'm afraid Tim Ferriss is like many other successful Type-A persons who want to credit a "plan" or "program" for their success (you can SELL this) rather than the more likely reality: He marketed the right product to the right people at the right time.
While getting this, the listener must endure some rather crude humor and somewhat unethical suggestions. HIs 'liberation' from the office job really only applies to cubicle dwelling underperformers whose jobs are almost entirely phone calls and web based. This simply wouldn't apply to most careers.
I gave it a 2 because I think it falls far below its promises. If the book was entitled "A brief biography of Tim Ferriss" I would have given it a 4 or 5.
I have enjoyed many Audible books over the past 4 years. I can't say this was one of them. The book came highly recommended so I thought I'd pick up the Audible version.
I can't get beyond the narrator. To enunciate the first and last letter of 2 or 3 words per sentence, is for me simply impossible to listen to. That and the monotone of his voice made me quit. And I haven’t done that on over 100 books.
Listen to the sample and then decide.
This guy is funny. I love the way he looks at life. He mentions temporary retirements, which mean not waiting until your old and gray to retire but taking time off from work or between jobs. He encourages investing in i.r.a's but he says life it to short to work until retirement. I recommend it for entreprenuer minded individuals.
I have not read from this author before. Tim Ferris does a great job both in writing and narrating this book. Tim is an "out of the box" thinker and passes the potential of this ability onto the reader through this innovative book. Basically the book is about lifestyle.... trading the one you have now for one that you would like. Those of you who are not risk takers might have a hard time accepting his suggestions because they sound a lot like wild, high risk behavior. However, I find most of his suggestions to be sound and I am not a risk taker either. The two downside to the book for me were the endless digit by digit quotation of the exact internet address of dozens of important and cool websites. Tim has a website that is a companion to the book which is the place where all these addresses could have been listed much more painlessly. The lengthly "www's" and "backslash" and "forward slashes", sometimes several in a row was maddening in an audiobook. The second flaw was profanity which was periodic and unnecessary Again it was just two small mistakes. The book itself was excellent.
I listened to this audio with an open mouth and wide eyes - LIFE CHANGING! As a traditional business owner I was a 7 day a week x 10 - 12 hours a day. My wife and twin sons each have our own businesses, are all cutting down our daily hours a min. of 2 hours a month until 6 months from now we will move to 4 hours a week. We have planned our year long World Wide Adventure.
I enjoyed the narrator's ability to catch the tone of the prose. I probably wouldn't want to have been Tim's boss, at any point, but I've been one of the ones who didn't think 'because' was a good enough reason for doing something the other guy's way, so maybe we would have gotten on okay. Especially since I like his vision of life as more than the simple accumulation of money. Book is well worth the time it takes to listen to, more than once. The trick is to listen thru once and go back with a pen and paper.
Amateur-ish. The book reads like a book report written by a "few free interns" who were angry about it to begin with. There are a few tips and techniques that are nice here, but all feel so blatently recycled from other sources. Seems like a money maker with a catchy title from one who sells suppelements that do nothing and wins champion titles by (admittedly) cheating.
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